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It’s Wednesday! What happened to Tuesday, you ask? Well, Tuesday was canceled. Perhaps next week we’ll have two Tuesdays .

At Postmodern Conservative , the apparent Japanese disdain for sex, written on by Peter Lawler elsewhere , is disputed by Carl. Lawler responds here . (A concerned commenter writes: “I might suggest that this Japanese sex thing is probably not going to end well.”) Carl also points out that we have many embarrassments of our own . Meanwhile, James Caesar turns to the great books to understand the healthcare website fiasco and Pete Spiliakos is still thinking about Republicans and the working class.

“Beauty will save the world,” says you? Not so , says Maureen Mullarkey . Beauty “saves no one.”

Peter Leithart is still thinking and writing about modernity . He’s also thinking about humility and Weberian Kantian Pietists . He’s also reading Robert W. Jenson’s book, Systematic Theology: Volume 1: The Triune God . He has a number of smaller posts on the subject, so here I’ll just highlight the longer and more thorough post on the subject: “By and With Revisited.”

Note: as I was about to post this, Leithart slipped in a new post about Augustine’s Trinity. Here it is.

Dr. Boli helps the poor and needy . Further reading : “On this day in 1844, the world came to an end.” (Even further reading here .)

Here at First Thoughts , we have blog posts for you on Martha Stewart ; William Faulkner, “cruel deity” ; planes and electronic cigarettes ; and, finally, the kind of people who ” deserve all the disappointment a cruel world can strew in [their] path.”

Over at On the Square , we’ve got Elizabeth Scalia on the Japanese sex thing , Richard J. Mouw on Halloween , and George Weigel on surrogacy . And Michael P. Orsi reviews Maciej Zi?ba’s new book, Papal Economics . (Fr. Zi?ba will be speaking here at the First Things office on November 13 —RSVP here .)

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