On Microfame

I read Rob Horning’s  New Inquiry  essay on  “Microfame”  with over a decade’s worth of my own blogging and social media use flashing before my eyes. The essay is the kind of theory-laden, semi-aphoristic exposition of culture that it takes me a few reads . . . . Continue Reading »

The Superfluity of the HHS Mandate

As a deacon, I sit on the Personnel Committee for my church. For me, it’s a learning experience since two of my colleagues are benefits administrators for my denomination who patiently answer my dumb questions. We’d been discussing the healthcare package for the church employees and I . . . . Continue Reading »

Required Reading

Ross Douthat effectively discusses what we should all be reading, mostly in periodicals, in 2013.  He calls it “How to Read in 2013” and is suggesting we could all effectively read more of what the rest of the political spectrum has to say.  That necessitates what to read, and . . . . Continue Reading »

How to play the Game

George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novel Game of Thrones is the first novel in a seven book series titled The Song of Ice and Fire which has been turned into a hit HBO show.   This post is confined to the first book and will not address the show’s sleaziness, but those interested in . . . . Continue Reading »

Chicago’s 500th Murder

This is horribly sad. NBC is reporting that Chicago has just recorded its 500th murder in the year 2012. Rahm Emanuel, the mayor, says this is “an unfortunate and tragic milestone.” That, I submit, is an understatement. Why is the country not in an uproar? Why is Chicago not in an . . . . Continue Reading »

Rest in Peace, Fr. Lynn

Fr. William D. Lynn, S.J., age 90, died Christmas Day, his birthday. He was my instructor in sacraments at Pontifical College Josephinum in 1979 as I was completing my last year of study at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Ohio. We stayed in touch through the years following, both disappointed at the . . . . Continue Reading »