The Art Institute of Chicago, one of my favorites museums, made news recently with the firing of all 122 of its docents, the volunteers who go through extensive training to lead groups and individuals on tours of the museum’s collections. These people are unpaid; they volunteer from a love of art, a desire to help the museum, and likely some philanthropic and personal impulses. They were dismissed, and told not to talk with the news media, because they apparently failed the museum’s diversity test. New Criterion (among many others) published an editorial about what it thought of the museum’s action: Education apocalypse now.
The globalization chickens have come home to roost, and most of us are yet to discover what “supply chain issues” really mean. The roots of the problem go back decades and can be said to have officially started when Ronald Reagan embraced the idea of free trade. Subsequent presidents and assorted congresses) kept the ball rolling, to the point where just about everything sold in the United States comes from China or India or Southeast Asia. Like toys. And clothes, and manufactured goods. And every does of penicillin. And just about everything else. John Murdock at Front Porch Republic explains what Ronald Reagan, Sam Walton, and the Amish have to tell us about the problem.
John Banville is known as one of Ireland’s leading literary writers and also as the author of a number of detective novels. At CrimeReads, he turns his eye to a holiday horror: How Bram Stoker’s Dracula Became a Surprising, Deathless Classic.
More Good Reads
The Week Coleraine Stood Still – Warren Peel at Gentle Reformation.
Can We Make a Biblical Case for Limited Government? – Dr. J.P. Moreland at the Institute for Faith, Work, & Economics.
Silence is Not Violence – Craig Thompson.
The Generative Influence of Q on John’s Gospel – Brad Davis at Kingdom Poets (D.S. Martin).
Read Ezra Pound’s extensive revision to T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’ – Vanessa Willoughby at Literary Hub.
‘Ballade for His Lady Deceased’ – Charles d’Orléans, translated by Margaret Coats at Society of Classical Poets.
Eight Poems from Heine’s ‘Buch der Lieder’ – Sibyl Ruth at The High Window (Hat tip: Paul Brookes).
Writing and Literature
Writing from Home: Lessons from a Novelist-Slash-Small-Town Newspaper Columnist – Nickolas Butler at Literary Hub.
How the “Victorian Mystery” Was Born – Otto Penzler at CrimeReads.
Ghostwriting (and the myth of the lone creative genius) – Alex Sujong Laughlin at Study Hall.
Fallen at Cedar Creek: Charles Russell Lowell – Sarah Kay Bierle at Emerging Civil War.
Felt As If a Horse Had Kicked Me – Chris Heisey at Emerging Civil War.
Life and Culture
Beauty is also contagious – David Murray at Writing Boots.
Hymn of Heaven – Phil Wickham
Painting: A schoolboy sleeping on his book, oil on canvas by Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805).