We started the week with The Columbia Journalism Review harshly criticizing Rolling Stone Magazine for a series of journalistic failures in its report last fall on an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. The story almost began unraveling when it was published. It turned out not to be true, but it spoke volumes about American news media, cultural elites, and the narratives we are so willing to believe because we want them to be true.
But there was also much good poetry (it’s National Poetry Month), photography, art, and a couple of fun videos of some college students visiting London.
The Way of Love vs. the Way of Justice – Rod Dreher at American Conservative.
Up from the Grave – Matthew Van Maastricht at thealreadynotyet.
Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources – Michael Gleghorn at Be Thinking.
We Have a Duty to Speak Out About the Persecution of Christians – U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron.
Compromise and Character in the Workplace – Dr. Art Lindley at Faith, Work & Economics.
Photography and Art
Bloodroots – Timothy Good at Photography by Tiwago.
J.M.W. Turner: Britain’s Painter of Light – Anglotopia.
Representing Women in Contemporary Art – Julie Hamilton at Curator Magazine.
After Dark – Natasha Head at The Tashtoo Parlour.
The Man Who Was Thursday – Christopher McCurry at Rattle (Hat tip: Nancy Davis).
A Cure for What Ails Poetry – Charles Webb at Publishers Weekly (Hat tip: Maureen Doallas).
Almost Refrain – Meg Wade at Linebreak (Hat tip: Tania Runyan).
Barn Swallows – Amy Katherine Cannon at Curator Magazine.
The Report on the Rolling Stone UVA Story – Columbia Journalism Review. And Rolling Stone’s Fake Apology – Rod Dreher at American Conservative.
A Little Respect for Dr. Foster – Nicholas Kristoff at The New York Times (Hat tip: Janet Young).
What They Never Tell You – Shawn Smucker.
Writing and Writers
The Great Detectives: Albert Campion – Mike Ripley for Strand Magazine.
A group of students from Taylor University did a “Literary London 2015” tour in late March, and two videos are up on the English Department web site. It’s a wonderful montage of sights from London and southern England, including reading Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre and “Murder in the Cathedral” at Canterbury Cathedral. If you look fast, you’ll see a painting of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy on a wall in Bath. No words; strictly images and scenes.
Photograph: Peter Davison (center) as Margery Allingham’s fictional sleuth Albert Campion.