Yesterday, I counted four major stories in the news section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that should have been labeled “news analysis” or “commentary.” All four of the stories were by the Associated Press. I don’t know if the blame lies with the AP or the Post-Dispatch; likely both. But it’s indicative of what passes for news in today’s newspapers. Not coincidentally, the public’s trust in the news media has hit a new low. Felix Salmon at Axios has the story.
For years, I was a huge fan of the Swedish crime writing team of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, creators of the police detective Martin Beck. They wrote a total of 10 crime novels, and they helped transform the police procedural genre and inspire the writers who gave birth to “Scandinavian noir.” Neil Nyren at CrimeReads offers a retrospective on the two writers.
It has the distinction of being one of the oldest forms of digital technology around, and it’s still doing a blockbuster business. Rob Walker at Marker talks about what has made the lowly pdf so popular and long-lasting.
More Good Reads
Life and Culture
Thinking with Bob Dylan (sort of): Everything is broken in the three Americas of 2021 – Terry Mattingly at Get Religion.
The Historical Case Against Censorship – Drew Maglio at The Imaginative Conservative.
“Antiracism” Comes to the Heartland – Christopher Rufo at CityJournal.
Dreher and Martin: Two Prophets for Today – Father Dwight Longenecker.
Who Was Idelette Calvin? – Joel Beeke at Tabletalk Magazine.
Three biblical examples of believers disobeying civil authority – Joe Lum at The Cripplegate.
We Prophesy Grief, Not Grace – Tim Challies.
Generations – Angeline Schellenberg at Kingdom Poets (D.S. Martin).
Priam, King of Troy, Addresses Cassandra’s Concerns about the Horse – Michael Vanyukov at Society of Classical Poets.
Writing and Literature
When Poe Invented the Detective Story, He Changed the Literary World Forever – Olivia Rutigliano at CrimeReads.
Why George Macdonald Matters – Timothy Larsen at Marginalia.
Writing Through the Silences of a Lost Family History – Jonathan Lichtenstein at Literary Hub.
The Dystopian Imagination – Theodore Dalrymple at CityJournal.
Plutarch on envy & hatred – David Warren at Essays in Idleness.
Thomas and Jesus – Jack Baumgartner at The School for the Transfer of Energy.
Gloria Dei Cantores: Then Sings My Soul (How Great Thou Art)
Painting: Woman Reading 1, oil on canvas (1921) by Henri Matisse (1869-1954).