Saturday, July 3, 2021

Saturday Good Reads - July 3, 2021

Easy trivia question of the day: which country’s news media is trusted the least by its public? The Reuter’s Institute has the answer, via The Hill.  

The title sounds rather innocuous: “Southwest Border Land Encounters.” It’s a report, full of charts and graphs, just published by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. And it takes some deciphering, but one chart shorts 2021 “encounters” by month. Since February, the number of monthly “encounters” has more than doubled from the pre-February period. Since March, more than 500,000 “undocumented” aliens have crossed the southern border of the United States. It’s getting increasingly difficult to maintain that the United States has a southern border.


It sounds like a story of today: “Dazzled by manias and lured by wild gambling.” Natasha Green at The Critic Magazine discusses the factors which drove the success of Victorian periodical literature and the penny press.


More Good Reads


Life and Culture


Toward Remembering Where I Came From: Knowing your past will guide your future – Brewer Eberly at Plough Quarterly.


A Conversation with Daniel Elder, the Choral Music Composer Who Was Cancelled for Opposing Arson – Quillette Magazine.


Life Inside a Woke Corporation – Rod Dreher at The American Conservative.


The Heart of Europe vs. the New Colonialism – Joseph Pearce at The Imaginative Conservative. 




They called it a conspiracy theory. But Alina Chan tweeted life into the idea that the virus came from a lab – Antonio Regalado at MIT Technology Review.


Science Should Not Try to Absorb Religion and Other Ways of Knowing – John Horgan at Scientific American.




The Place Nobody Wanted – Nicholas Visconti at Image Journal.


The Weight of a Tear – David Irby at Society of Classical Poets.




The turning tide of intellectual atheism – Jonathan Van Maren at MercatorNet.


How Does God Relate to Time? – Peter Sammons at Tabletalk Magazine.


How Are We Stewarding Our Freedom? – Hugh Whelchel at the Institute for Faith, Work, & Economics.


News Media


Why Fake News Flourishes: Emitting Mere Information Is Easy, But Creating Actual Knowledge Is Hard – Jonathan Rauch at Quillette.


Writing and Literature


Memory and Literature – Ed Simon at The Millions.


Charles Dickens worried his own writing was so powerful it would scare him and his friends to death – Walker Caplan at Literary Hub.


Listening to Wendell Berry Scholar Jeffrey Bilbro – Tom Murphy at Mr. Wendell Berry of Kentucky. 


Here I Am, Lord – Choir and Orchestra of St. Lillian

Painting: Man Reading, oil on canvas circa 1880s, Mrs. A.K. Robinson, American folk art.

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