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JB: 11.15.05 I’d like to say…

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"I’d like to say to the good citizens of Dover," announced Pat Robertson , speaking of the Pennsylvania town that has just kicked anti-evolutionists off its school board, "if there is a disaster in your area, don’t turn to God. You just rejected him from your city." . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 11.09.05 You gotta love…

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You gotta love this kind of stuff , Representative Sherrod Brown writing to Senator Mike DeWine last Friday to denounce Samuel Alito’s record on labor¯and plagiarizing the complaint straight from an uncredited blogger. "We couldn’t decide who to respond to: the person who sent . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 11.05.05

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In the "There’ll Always Be an England" category: Remembrance Day approaches, and a friend points us to this column by Timothy Garton Ash in the Guardian : "In Britain, many people wear poppies as we approach Remembrance Day on November 11. The central ceremony is a . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 11.04.05 Mary Eberstadt…

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Mary Eberstadt has been treated shamefully by First Things . Well, maybe that’s a little strong, but she wrote a very important book called Home-Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes , and it has never been featured in First Things ’ . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 11.03.05 Well, now,…

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Well, now, here’s something. In Holland, the federal orthographers¯and contemplate for a moment what it means to a nation to have official spell-checkers, employed by the government and armed with police powers; maybe they say "Just the vowels, ma’am," or "My name is . . . . Continue Reading »

Reading by Osmosis

From the November 2005 Print Edition

Well ” Mark Twain, Hart Crane, and Ursula K. LeGuin” We've mastered their books with a difficult trick: We've read them outside in. Percy B. Shelley and Machiavelli and Norman Vincent Peale” We've never tried opening one of their books. We know them by their feel. Does reading . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 10.28.05 The Hemingway is…

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RJN: The Hemingway is good, but then his prose always did move toward compression. The "short-short"¯a short story of no more than a paragraph, and often only a sentence¯has emerged as a genre in its own right over the last decade, particularly among mystery writers, who always . . . . Continue Reading »

Young John Rose…

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Young John Rose, one of our marvelous interns at FIRST THINGS, reminds me that a major lecture will be delivered here in New York on Tuesday, October 25, by Cardinal Avery Dulles¯although I guess Avery Cardinal Dulles is the right way to render that name, "cardinal" being a nobility . . . . Continue Reading »

You just can’t catch…

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You just can’t catch a break if you’re one of those people who wants to defend Pius XII against the flood of attacks in recent years. In his quiet but unrelenting way, Ronald Rychlak has been covering this beat for almost a decade, most notably in his 2000 book Hitler, the War, and the . . . . Continue Reading »

Every year, FIRST THINGS and the…

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Every year, FIRST THINGS and the Institute on Religion & Public Life sponsor the Erasmus Lecture, a talk in New York City about¯well, yes¯the first things in religion and public life. Tickets are still available for this year’s event, the nineteenth annual lecture in the series, on . . . . Continue Reading »