Saturday, October 17, 2015

Saturday Good Reads

A Brit living in New York has some insight into Americans (or at least New Yorkers). What makes a human life worth anything? What is love in a world full of fakes? And a primer on how the church can effectively discourage artists.

One of the best stories I've read this week is linked below -- on why Twitter is dying. The short answer: Twitter did it to itself. Citing free speech, it allowed all kinds of abuse and even death threats -- until Twitter's co-founder received his own death threat amd advetisers had begun to flee. But the change may been too late. 

And we were in London earlier this week when Planned Parenthood announced it would no longer accept payment for harvesting organs from abortions. Which I thought they said they hadn't been doing. Hannah Arendt was right - evil is banal, and it's facilitated by our news media.

Life and Culture

A (very) rough guide to American from an Englishman living in New York – Paul Owen at The Guardian (Hat tip: J of India).

Why Twitter's Dying (and What You Can Learn from It) -- Umar Haque at Bad Words (Hat tip: Kathy Richards).

There’s a Way to Stop Mass Shootings, and You Won’t Like It – Rob Myers.

CGI vs. Car Guy – David Murray for ARC Magazine.

Fruit of Good Labours: Discovering the Earliest Known Draft of the King James Bible – Jeffrey Alan Miller at The Times Literary Supplement.

Shadowlands – Billy Coffey at What I Learned Today.


Pierced with Grace – Matthew van Maastricht at thealrteadynotyet.

For want of wonder (Part 1) – Corey Poff at Torrey Gazette.

What is love in a world full of fakes? – Jen Avellaneda at Rich Faith Rising.

What Makes a Human Life Worth It? – Jefferson Bethke at Storyline.

How to Discourage Artists in the Church – Phil Ryken at The Gospel Coalition (Hat tip: Janet Young).

Kocho – Jeanne Damoff at The View From Here.

I Am Not the Hero of the Story – Damaris Zehner at Internet Monk. 

What Bono’s ‘Aha’ Moment Teaches Us about Ourselves – Kristin Brown at Faith, Work anf Economics.


Why the copyright page is one of the best in my book – Monica Sharman.

Finding Your Sweet Spot – Doug Spurling at Spurling Silver.

Planned Parenthood 

Planned Parenthood Not Off the Hook – Jonathan Tobin at Commentary.


British broadcaster Jeremy Paxton introduces the new exhibit of Goya: The Portraits at the National Gallery, London.


Tree, Fog, and the Rising Sun – Tim Good (via Pinterest).


Dave Harrity – D.S. Martin at Kingdom Poets.

A Trio of Micro Poems – Maureen Doallas at Writing Without Paper.

The Craft of Christian Wiman – Mark Bauerlein at First Things.

Esso-So-So-So – Elizabeth Dark Wiley at Curator Magazine.

Time Machine by Dave Malone

Top Photograph: One of the 17 houses in London that Dr. Samuel Johnson lived in, and the only one still standing. On the top floor was where he prepared his famous dictionary.

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