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Trumping Roget Takes Time

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Taking forty-five years to finish a book project that almost no one will read in its entirety may seem . . . I don’t know, what’s a good word for disheartening? But Oxford University has been around for 913 years, which gives the school the patience to spend half a decade completing the . . . . Continue Reading »

Blessed Are the Green of Heart

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In our May issue—now available free online —Alan Jacobs reviews the Green Bible : The project website tells us that “with over 1,000 references to the earth in the Bible, compared to 490 references to heaven and 530 references to love, the Bible carries a powerful message for the . . . . Continue Reading »

The Catholic Double Standard

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In the Wall Street Journal , William McGurn wonders why Samuel Alito’s Catholicism was so much more discussed than Sonia Sotomayor’s: It’s possible, of course, that Democrats and their allies in the media and activist community no longer regard Catholics with the suspicion they . . . . Continue Reading »

Sotomayor Favors Originalism

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From Southern Appeal : One thing is becoming clear in the early rounds of questioning at Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing:  Judge Sotomayor appears to insist that her past words be interpreted according to her original intent.  I wonder if she would insist that the words . . . . Continue Reading »

No Love for Bastille Day

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At our Postmodern Conservative blog Ralph Hancock shares some thoughts on Bastille Day . Ralph’s not a fan: As I awoke this morning I was treated to a most light-hearted remembrance of Bastille day on NPR. Nothing is so merry, it seems, as stringing up a few “aristocrats” from light . . . . Continue Reading »

Shop Class Ain’t for Nerds

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Although I had no intention of becoming a “Future Farmer of America” I spent my first two years of high school taking courses in Vocational Agriculture (it’s just what we do in Texas). During the winter months we’d forgo the usual sheep shearing and hog castrating to work on . . . . Continue Reading »