I used to think questions were meant to be answered . . .
I started this blog in 2013 as a way to record my thoughts on a variety of topics—the right way of thinking about things, as I then perceived it. My perspective was just far enough off the beaten track of generally accepted opinion that it seemed rather treasonous, and I had just enough hubris to think someone might stumble upon this little corner of the blogosphere and care what I thought.
At that point in time, I craved certainty, getting the answer right. Questions were useful, but … Read the rest
What makes war quite possibly the subject of more films than any other single topic? What makes one film staunchly anti-war and another unabashedly pro-war? Is there really any way to spin hell on earth in a positive light on the silver screen?
A friend of mine recently commented, “The world just looks better through a camera, crisper, better-ordered, with tidy moral delineations and people of agency and action. Film can make anything look great.”
But only at first glance, I would add.
There’s no doubt that war is great for cinematic purposes and has contributed to some of the … Read the rest
What people used to call liberty and freedom, we now call privacy. And we say, in the same breath, that privacy is dead….I think we should consider that when we lose privacy, we lose agency, we lose liberty itself, because we no longer feel free to express what we think. – Jacob Applebaum
In June 2013, what was labeled then as “the spy story of the age” broke when reporter Glenn Greenwald released United States government documents that revealed perhaps the largest breach of privacy by a government in recent history.
Several days later, his source was revealed: … Read the rest
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6
Tomorrow is Christmas, the day we celebrate the most miraculous and mind-boggling event in the history of the world: when God became a man and stepped into our world, with all its sinful filth, to live as one of us. To be born, not among kings, as was His right, but among animals in a filthy, stinky stable. It’s both amazing … Read the rest
Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d like most not to lose. – Neil Gaiman
In case you haven’t noticed…Christmas is less than a scant fortnight away 🙂 You might have also noticed that this blog has been silent for a while. I’ve decided to ease back into blogging while helping you with your Christmas shopping for the bookworm on your list, by listing fifteen of my favorite books and writing a line or two about each of them. This list is in no particular order, and is not necessarily an all-encompassing “top fifteen” – … Read the rest