Good for William Bowen. The former president of Princeton spoke at my alma mater Haverford College’s commencement on Sunday and has sharp words for the students who successfully campaigned against another commencement speaker, Robert J. Birgineau, former Chancellor of Cal Berkeley. They accused him of violating a sacred principlethou shalt not require progressive protestors to obey the lawand issued a list of nine things he needed to do in order to properly repent and receive absolution. Continue Reading »
New York Times columnist Frank Bruni reflects on a new documentary about various crises in American higher education. The only solution he proffers is more public funding. He would have our grandchildren pay for our children’s education, which is, I think, a non-starter. There are better ways. Continue Reading »
It’s a global phenomenon. Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi won in India. Shinzo Abe in Japan hits nationalist notes. Svoboda, an ultra-nationalist party in Ukraine, has become an important player. The Golden Dawn in Greece is another ultra-nationalist party. Great Britain’s anti-EU party is on the rise, as are nationalists in France and the Netherlands. Continue Reading »
At Heart of Arvo Pärt’s Works, Eastern Orthodox Christianity
William Robin, New York Times
Black Mass Media
Magus Peter H. Gilmore, Church of Satan
Reputation is a Funny Thing
Michael Robbins, Poetry
Will Perkins, Art of the Title
Mass Murder Relies on People Like Us: An Interview With Thierry Cruvellier
Philip Gourevitch, New Yorker
ISI is currently taking nominations for its Henry and Anne Paolucci Book Award. This award honors the best book of conservative scholarship published in 2013. You can read more about the award at paolucci.isi.org.
The deadline is today: Friday, May 16. The more suggestions, the merrier!
Email suggestions Jed Donahue at firstname.lastname@example.org, and be sure to include the names of the books.
We cannot alter a person’s DNA without disrespecting the intentions of the Author and Creator of human life, Matthew Hennessey recently argued. To support this claim, he offered an account of what it means to be an editor: “When I edit, I attempt, to the extent possible, to conform my work to the author’s original intent. I know I must resist the temptation to rewrite every piece to suit my own ear.” For Hennessey, editing is about improving someone else’s writing, not about the editor exerting his or her own preferences. Continue Reading »
Defending her successors, a Smith College alumna argues that protesting a commencement speaker or protesting at commencement fulfills the goals of a Smith Education. I find her choice of words revealing and her failure to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate occasions for dialogue troubling. Continue Reading »
The Literature of the Standing Desk
Dominic Smith, The Millions
How Catholic Fashion Got That Way
Ruth Graham, Boston Globe
The Toilet Papers
Jeremy Keehn, The Walrus
Why is Mansfield Park Jane Austen’s Best Book?
Amateur Reader, Wuthering Expectations
The Devil’s News
Mary Valle, Killing the Buddha
So charge many of our fellow young Christians, most recently amidst the controversy over Matthew Vines’s God and the Gay Christian, which argues that the Bible and the Church are alike wrong on sexuality. Let us be clear, according to Vines, the tradition and reliability of the Church’s teaching throughout the ages on sexuality are both wrong. Not only are the Scriptures and the historic interpretation wrong, they are both active purveyors of injustice meted out towards homosexuals. Continue Reading »