Interesting week in these Still United States (for now, anyway). The Inspector General released his report on the FBI, and we immediately heard from the news media that the report supported the 2016 FBI investigation into the Trump campaign. Then people (reporters) started to read the report and discovered another story entirely. Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist (she’s conservative and a straighter shooter) looks at the report, recalls how the media praised Adam Schiff’s 2018 memo that he’d seen the documents on the FBI and there was nothing there, and concludes that Congressman Schiff didn’t tell the truth. And that has implications beyond the Inspector General’s report.
By the way, Jared Wilson at Lifeway Voices has some suggestions for the election season, as in, ways Christians can stay Christians during the election campaign.
It’s no surprise that the Christmas season brings, for some, a sense of grief – family and friends who are no longer there to celebrate, or perhaps loved ones who died at this time of year. Glen Sharp at Front Porch Republic writes about one kind of grief in “Pancakes with My Father.” David McLemore at Things of This Sort writes about another in “There Most Assuredly Will Come a Morning.”
The teacher of the year in the state of Arkansas uses hometown pride – and poetry – to connect with her students. Kalyn Belsha at Urban Faith has the story.
More Good Reads
Life and Culture
Lefty Lingo – Lionel Shriver at Harper’s Magazine.
The Houston Astros, Digital Espionage, and the Harsh Demands of Justice – Kevin Clarke at Church Life Journal (Notre Dame University).
A Powerful Statement of Resistance from a College Student on Trial in Moscow – Masha Gessen at The New Yorker.
I Wonder as I Wander – Marcelo Gleiser at Orbiter Magazine.
Derangements I Have Known – David Warren at Essays in Idleness.
The Dark Psychology of Social Networks: Why it feels like everything is going haywire – Jonathan Haidt and Tobias Rose-Stockwell at The Atlantic.
Being Leonardo: On "Leonardo da Vinci' at the Louvre – James Hankins at The New Criterion.
All In – Story by Doug Spurling at Spurling Silver.
(Anti)Virtue-Signaling – Rut Etheridge III at Gentle Reformation.
Cromwell, More and the Most Hated Man in America – Nancy Bilyeau at English Historical Fiction Authors.
How the Left Gets America’s “Civil War” All Wrong – John Horvat at The Imaginative Conservative.
The Importance of Finding the Original Source – Kevin Pawlak at Emerging Civil War Blog.
The Pencil – Amit Majmudar at Light Poetry Magazine.
Frontlets – Mary Harwell Sayler at Interlitq.
Hood weeps inside his tent at Tupelo – George Green at The New Criterion.
214 N. Broadway | Post, Texas – Mark Cole at Literary Life.
The Assassination of Thomas Doughty by the Brigand Sir Francis Drake – S.J. Parris at CrimeReads.
The Bridge at the Place of the Bridge – Barb Drummond at Curious Historian.
Writing and Literature
Why the Book is Better than the Movie – Seth Lewis.
Pale Ink: Commonplace books and the illusions of memory – Ed Park at Lapham’s Quarterly.
The Joy and Risk of Naming the World – Micah Mattix at The American Conservative.
A Mighty Fortress – HeartSong Cedarville University
Painting: An Old Man Reading, oil on canvas by Jan Lievens (1607-1674).