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We’ve decided to experiment with extending our reposting of On the Square pieces to reposting items from our hosted blogs. Usually this should only include posts from that day; today, however, I’ll also highlight some pieces from a few days ago. Let’s start:

Over at Postmodern Conservative , Pete Spiliakos is not happy with the ending of Breaking Bad , Carl Scott wonders if Young People represent a dramatic turn leftward (Peter Lawler thinks not ), and, finally, PETER LAWLER argues that the GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN is POINTLESS .

“What is Beauty?” asks Maureen Mullarkey . Answer: The question is a red herring .

“Who baptized Constantine?” asks Peter Leithart . He also ponders Being , modernly understood and reads a book on Joshua. While admiring it, he believes the book to be “powerful evidence of the confusions of critical scholarship, and the enormous energies that have to be expended to prove the obvious.” There’s also a brief consideration of math and the Simpsons. (No discussion of that last is complete without this video .)

Meanwhile, Dr. Boli would like to help you with your aura , and, in “A Useful Reference that Does Not Exist,” both tries to aid his fellow man and implore them for their aid.

Since Pope Francis keeps on giving interviews, there’s nothing to be done but to write about them. Charles J. Chaput writes about Francis’ interview with La Civilta Cattolica , and Nathaniel Peters takes on Francis’ new interview with La Repubblica . George Weigel , meanwhile, is reading about the Middle East.

And that’s it! We’ll meet again . . . tomorrow.

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