Another school shooting, and we quickly slip into the guns-no guns debate. David French at National Review (it’s conservative, if you’re not familiar with it) has a perspective that is disturbing, to say the least, and he looks to Malcolm Gladwell for it. Samuel James at Letters & Liturgy asks if our news media is turning shooters into celebrities, simply by doing what they believe is their job. And David Rupert points to a common denominator of loneliness.
Several good writing articles were published this week – Bradley Birzer on Tolkien, Gregory Wolfe on Nathaniel Hawthorne, Eliot Pattison on why historical fictional (and historical crime novels) matters, Tom McAlister on who will buy your book, and others.
Zak Schmoll is continuing to write about social media (and other topics), ad recently explained how social media shrinks our world. Spitalfields Life finds some wonderful photographs of vanished London. Paul Lofting (who writes A Clerk of Oxford blog) has a fascinating story on women of the Middle Ages – and their wimples and veils. And di you know that Boston has been having a “quiet” religious revival since the 1960s?
Life and Culture
Writing and Literature
Art and Photography
Burly Burl– Tim Good at National Geographic / Your Shot.
Is He Worthy? – Andrew Peterson
Painting: Woman Reading, oil on canvas (1879/1880) by Edouard Manet (1832-1883); Art Institute of Chicago.