Glory of Kings

To the right, you will see a picture of a newly published Festscrift for James B. Jordan, edited by John Barach and me. It’s not yet available from Amazon, but is available from the publisher, Wipf & Stock. If you don’t know James Jordan, shame, shame, shame on you. But don’t . . . . Continue Reading »

Zombies again

I knew posting about zombies would hit a nerve. Ben Graber responds to my post about zombies. The remainder of this post comes from Graber: I would venture a guess that the current interest in zombies reflects a mood that’s been well documented over the last decade. First, the state of . . . . Continue Reading »

Why Zombies?

I’ve asked myself that question a lot over the last few years, what with the spate of books and films featuring zombies. Terrence Rafferty asks the same question in a recent NYT piece. He points out that the insatiable, relentless zombies of today are relatively new: “The title creature . . . . Continue Reading »

Anything but Peoria

Wise observations from Mead: “Perhaps the rarest thing in the United States today is to find a well-educated young American who sees earning the respect of ordinary Americans on an ordinary job as the necessary foundation to a strong personal character and valuable career. Plenty of young . . . . Continue Reading »

Pornographic imagination

“The pornographic,” writes Paul W. Kahn in Putting Liberalism in Its Place , “is the ecstatic moment shorn of religion. It stands in the antipolitical tradition of the hierophanic. The sacred too can displace ordinary forms of language. In both, we are rendered speechless, without . . . . Continue Reading »

Black Magic

WH Auden commented, “More deadly than the Idle Word is the use of words as Black Magic . . . . For millions of people today, words like Communism, Capitalism, Imperialism, Peace, Freedom and Democracy have ceased to be words the meaning of which can be inquired into and discussed, and have . . . . Continue Reading »

Seuss from the womb

David Brooks writes in a recent New Yorker piece: “Fetuses who have been read ‘The Cat in the Hat’ while in the womb suck rhythmically when they hear it again after birth, because they recognize the rhythm of the poetry.” . . . . Continue Reading »