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60“Absurd Violence” or Martyrdom?https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/08/absurd-violence-or-martyrdom
Wed, 03 Aug 2016 10:10:00 -email@example.com (Julia Yost)In the week since Fr. Jacques Hamel was murdered, much has been written concerning how we should understand and speak about his death. Herewith, a rundown of what seem to me the five comments most likely to provoke thought, or fruitful discussion, or (as the case may be) apoplexy.
Against Whig Historyhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/06/against-whig-history
Sat, 04 Jun 2016 16:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Julia Yost)Our friends at the
Claremont Review of Books
are generously offering free access for
web readers to a couple of articles in their latest (excellent) issue. Today I bring you “
A Historian’s Craft
,” Algis Valiunas’s felicitous essay on the great nineteenth-century Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt.
]]>Children of Desirehttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2015/11/children-of-desire
Sun, 01 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Julia Yost)We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s by richard beck public affairs, 352 pages, $26.99
]]>Triple Crown Sublimehttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/06/triple-crown-sublime
Tue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Julia Yost)There are no teams in thoroughbred racing. Or rather, everyone who follows racing is on the same team—at least for a few weeks in the late spring, when the three races are run that make up the Triple Crown.
]]>The Psychologization of Everythinghttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/06/the-psychologization-of-everything
Fri, 05 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Julia Yost) The enormous Duggar family has been in the public eye since their TLC reality series,
19 Kids and Counting
, premiered in 2008. In the lineup of TLC shows about oddball families—the
family—the Duggars are distinguished by their amazing fecundity, and by their commitment to baby-names starting with J (Josh, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph).
Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Julia Yost) Michael Alig was paroled this May into the world he helped invent. Starting in the summer of 1987, Alig reigned as the most fabulous party promoter in New York, paid by club owners to orchestrate havoc in their venues with his retinue of camera-ready freaks. He, in turn, paid his acolytes to trick themselves out in new costumes—grotesque, jejune, softcore, hardcore—every night. For their pains, the “Club Kids” were booked on
and covered daily by Page Six, the much-read gossip section of the
New York Post
]]>Fear of Childrenhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/10/fear-of-children
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:53:00 -email@example.com (Julia Yost)In a scene cut from
’s 1973 theatrical version, Jason Miller’s Fr. Damien Karras sits with Max von Sydow’s Fr. Lankester Merrin on the stairs of the MacNeil house, and the two Jesuits discuss why the child Regan has become a monster.
]]>Mad Men Takes a Second Lookhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/06/mad-men-revaluations
Mon, 02 Jun 2014 23:02:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Julia Yost)Mad Men
’s Season Seven, Episode Seven (“Waterloo”), the half-season finale, may look a bit like a rerun of Season Three’s “Shut the Door. Have a Seat” and Season Six’s “For Immediate Release”both episodes in which a crisis precipitated a remaking of everyone’s favorite ad agency. But “Waterloo” is not repetitive. It is an episode full of revaluations, in which people and things oft disparaged or stigmatized come in for second looks.
]]>Familial Arrangements and Rearrangementshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/05/familial-arrangements-and-rearrangements
Thu, 22 May 2014 09:27:00 -email@example.com (Julia Yost)Season Seven, Episode Six of
, titled “The Strategy,” takes as its subject familieshow they are configured; and successhow it is defined; and happinessin what it consists; and how all these matters overlap.
]]>Mad Men Gone Schizoidhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/05/mad-men-gone-schizoid
Thu, 15 May 2014 12:21:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Julia Yost) Season Seven, Episode Five (“The Runaways”): A very disjointed episode of
. Don Draper is marginal to most of its action; two watchable characters (Roger Sterling and Joan Harris) are absent from it entirely; and we endure two eruptions of gratuitous weirdness, one in the form of kinky sex, the other in the form of sexualized mutilation. Altogether, we find the story de-centered and distinctly schizoid.