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What We've Been Reading—4.15.16

From First Thoughts

Mark BauerleinTwo nights ago, I found The Bonfire of the Vanities on the shelf and began reading. It was the blockbuster book of the 1980s, catching the spirit of the age in all its glittery egotism (“Masters of the Universe”) and cheap urban politics (the opening scene is an 80s version . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 4.15.16

From First Thoughts

The Defense of Catholic Marriage
Ross Douthat, New York Times

Distributism is the Future
Gene Callahan, American Conservative

Catholic Astronauts Keeping the Faith in Space
Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service

Conservative Movement Overturns 800-Year-Old Passover Ban on Rice and Legumes
Liza Schoenfein, Forward

What it Feels Like to be Hunted by Drones
Malik Jalal, Independent

Christopher Hitchens and the Hound of Heaven
Brian Mattson, Gospel Coalition

How Shakespeare Lives Now
Stephen Greenblatt, New York Review of Books

Every Biblical Reference in Hamilton
Alissa Wilkinson, Christianity Today

Can an Outsider Truly Become Amish?
Kelsey Osgood, Atlas Obscura

First Links — 4.8.16

From First Thoughts

Liturgical Time Travel
Br. Humbert Kilanowski, O. P., Dominicana

Batman V. Superman: Battle Without Honor or Humanity
Alexi Sargeant, Acculturated

Restrictions on Women's Religious Attire
Staff, Pew Research Center

How Covenants Make Us
David Brooks, New York Times

A Happy Marriage Across Party Lines
Jeanne Safer, Wall Street Journal

The Mighty and the Almighty: George W. Bush
Hannah Malcolm, Theos

The Literary Magazine of the Dark Web
Nathan Smith, Atlantic

Give Sorrow Words: On the Many Stagings of Macbeth
Kevin D. WIlliamson, New Criterion

What I've Learned Reciting Poems in the Street
Gary Dexter, Spectator

First Links — 4.1.16

From First Thoughts

Risen and Not Undead (or, Why Jesus is Not a Zombie)
Rebecca Bratten Weiss, Patheos

Monks And At-Risk Teens Run School Together With 98% Graduation Rate
Sarah Grossman, Huffington Post

I'm A Christian and I Hate Christian Movies
Alissa Wilkinson, Thrillist

Will a Silent Majority Overthrow Architecture's Elite?
David Brussat, American Conservative

The Return of Eugenics
Fraser Nelson, Spectator

The Law of Benedict
Samuel Gregg, Public Discourse

Superman and the Damage Done
Devin Faraci, Birth.Movies.Death

Chivalry and the Millenial Guy
Cerith Gardiner, Aleteia

What We've Been Reading—3.25.16

From First Thoughts

Mark BauerleinLife Magazine, September 6, 1948—It was on the coffee table at a friend's house, and I have just spent the last hour poring over it. There is Joe DiMaggio under the lights slamming a double to beat the Athletics. A few pages later there's an editorial entitled “How Red a . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 3.25.16

From First Thoughts

Winter's Tale: The Icy Pang of Contrition and the Gift of Thawing Grace
Alexi Sargeant, Aleteia

‘This doubtful day of feast or fast': Good Friday and the Annunciation
Clerk of Oxford, A Clerk of Oxford

Building the Virtuous Neighborhood
Matthew Loftus, American Conservative

Why I'm Becoming a Catholic at Easter
K. Albert Little, Patheos

How Hieronymus Bosch Defied the Ideals of an Age
Michael Prodger, New Statesman

Personal Love and the Call to Chastity
Samantha Schroeder, Public Discourse

God's Hidden Call
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Rabbi Sacks

Alas, Poor William Shakespeare. Where Does His Skull Rest?
Christopher D. Shea, New York Times

Davenant House, Christian Community, and the Work of Study Centers
Jake Meador, Mere Orthodoxy

First Links — 3.22.16

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Religion's Place in a Religiously Violent World
Miroslav Volf, Christianity Today

In Fear and Trembling
Br. Hyacinth Grubb, Dominicana

How Will Young People Choose Their Religions?
Emma Green, Atlantic

Not Jew-ish but a Jew
Mark Oppenheimer, Tablet

‘The Passion': Jesus' Final Hours as a Halftime Show
Mike Hale, New York Times

Terrence Malick’s Frustrating Film Theology
Tim Markatos, Acculturated

It's the Character
Mona Charen, Townhall

Why Cooking Matters
Gracey Olmstead, American Conservative

First Links — 3.17.16

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Screwtape in Vegas
Leah Libresco, Commonweal

Full Interview with the Pope Emeritus
Benedict XVI, Catholic World Report

Daredevil Wrestling with God
Alexi Sargeant, Acculturated

London's Religious Awakening
Ben Judah, Catholic Herald

Thinking Aloud: Stanley Fish as a Journalist
Mark Bauerlein, Weekly Standard

Why Are So Many Smart People Such Idiots About Philosophy?
Olivia Goldhill, Quartz

Othello's Wicked Magic
Kate Havard, Washington Free Beacon

The Theology of Donald Trump
Michael Horton, Christianity Today

Two Monks Invent Denominations
Mallory Ortberg, Toast

First Links — 3.15.16

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Mother Teresa Canonization Set for September 4
Greg Kundra, Aleteia

Trump and Trump Protesters Feed Off Each Other
Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View

What Has Rome to do with Iowa City?
Jonathan McDonald, Dappled Things

The Shalem Experiment
Kate Havard, Weekly Standard

Through Wendell Berry's Looking Glass
Gracy Olmstead, American Conservative

History of English in Five Words
Simon Horobin, Quantz

An Ecumenical Ecology of Man
Eduardo Echeverria, Oecomene

Hearing the Lost Sounds of Antiquity
Adrienne LaFrance, Atlantic

What We've Been Reading—3.11.16

From First Thoughts

Daniel Asia has edited the proceedings of a conference held in March 2014 at the University of Arizona, the book entitled, The Future of (High) Culture in America.

It's a lively volume with contributions by Terry Teachout (drama critic for the Wall Street Journal), Carol Iannone (editor of Academic Questions), and Asia himself (a distinguished composer and professor of composition at U of A), among others, and they all get to the heart of the problem of high culture at the present time in America. . . . Continue Reading »