Saturday, July 17, 2021

Saturday Good Reads - July 17, 2020

Barry Meier, a reporter for The New York Times, has written a book entitled Spooked, in which he describes the mischief (and the wreckage) when the news media get caught up in the world of private spies – like they did with the Steele dossier. T.A. Frank at New York Magazine interviews Meier: “The Steele Dossier was a case study in how reporters get manipulated.” 

Way back in the Dark Ages, aka the 1970s and 1980s, I was a fan of the mystery novels of Dick Francis. His books invariable were set in hors- racing venues with horse-racing plots – and I was no fan of horse racing. But I was a fan of his books. John Fram at CrimeReads “discovered” the Francis mysteries, and he describes how they became the answer to a personal crisis and a mysterious illness.


Father Jonathan Tobias at Second Terrace loves the novel Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry, and he thinks you should read it, too (for the record, I agree with him).


More Good Reads




Hiding – Sonja Benskin Mesher.


Sonnet to William Wilberforce, Esq. – William Cowper at Kingdom Poets (D.S. Martin).


The Falcon’s Eyes – Joe Spring at Hoe Spring Writes.


A Girl in Her Own Words – Eustache Deschamps (1346-1406), translated by Margaret Coats at Society of Classical Poets. 




Standing with the Little Guys – Barry York at Gentle Reformation. 


Let’s Examine Our Motivations for Work – Hugh Whelchel at the Institute for Faith, Work, & Economics.


There’s Too Much Christian Content – Samuel D. James at Insights.


American Stuff


Don’t Take My Photograph! Incidents at the Dedication of the 44th New York Monument at Gettysburg – Sarah Kay Bierle at Emerging Civil War.


Making Missouri: Carving Out a State – Christopher Alan Gordon at Missouri History Museum.


Writing and Literature


Take a virtual tour of Walden Pond – Walker Caplan at Literary Hub.


Art Nourishes Community and Community Nourishes Art – Kyra Hinton at The Rabbit Room.


Writing as a Spiritual Discipline – Daniel Eaton at The Fight of Faith.


Life and Culture


China: Empire: What is China to us, anyway? – N.S. Lyons at The Upheaval.


The Inevitable Capitulation of Conservatism – Samuel D. James at Insights.




Intermission: The Green Martyrdom – Paul Kingsnorth at The Abbey of Misrule.


Those Were the Days – Mary Hopkin

Painting: Portrait of a Man Reading, oil on canvas by Jacek Malczewski (1854-1929).

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