Years ago, while on vacation in London, we met a friend at an Italian restaurant on Denmark Street, just off Charing Cross Road and about midway between Soho and Covent Garden. We had a great lunch, and then discovered there was a Roman ruin, part of a wall, visible in the basement where the bathrooms were. When a city has existed for more than 2,000 years, there’s no telling what you’ll find in the basement. Like when you go to the hairdresser.
My grandmother died at age 94. She taught Sunday School and sang choir solos through age 90. Many a time I remember her scribbling her lesson notes in a little black leather notebook. And she loved to read mysteries, with Agatha Christie and especially Erle Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason courtroom drams as her favorites (she also loved the Perry Mason television series with Raymond Burr). Both Christie and Gardner remain popular mystery and crime writers, long after their deaths. Rick Bleiweiss at CrimeReads lists them and 10 others as favorites.
It's easy to criticize companies like Coca-Cola because, well, they make it easy. Like when a company condemn a Georgia state election law that’s more liberal than New York’s and Delaware’s but becomes mute about a country where it does business (and sponsor sports games) that’s been undertaking systematic genocide. We can’t do much about Coca-Cola other than stop drinking their soft drinks. But we can pray. Randy Alcorn at Eternal Perspective Ministries explains how we can pray for the persecuted in China – in the context of the Olympic games.
More Good Reads
The Betrayal: How a small group saved some Afghan lives and American honor – George Packer at The Atlantic.
Life and Culture
Living Outside Our Bubbles – Micah Meadowcroft at The American Conservative.
Out of the Metaverse – Glenn Arbery at The Imaginative Conservative.
A crisis of truths – Charlotte Gauthier at The Critic Magazine.
Facebook Has a Superuser-Supremacy Problem – Matthew Hindman, Nathaniel Lubin, and Trevor Davis at The Atlantic.
10 Things You Should Know about the Reliability of the New Testament Writers – Norman Geisler and Frank Turek at Crossway.
Marshall McLuhan’s Spiritual Vision for a Virtual Age – Nick Ripatrazone at Church Life Journal.
On Christians Reading Fiction: Stealing Past Watchful Dragons – Kelly Keller at Story Warren.
‘Eenee, Meenee, Mainee, Mo’ by Rudyard Kipling Has Many Verses You May Not Know – Beverly Stock at Society of Classical Poets.
Cancer Prayer – A.M. Juster at Kingdom Poets (D.S. Martin).
Leeds to Bournemouth – Sally Michaelson at The High Window (H/T: Paul Brookes).
Writing and Literature
Crossing the Blood Meridian: Cormac McCarthy and American History – Bennett Parten at Los Angeles Review of Books.
On the terrifying hoax execution that haunted Dostoevsky’s writing – Walker Caplan at Literary Hub.
Let It Be (Beatles) – Gentri
Painting: Men Reading the Newspaper, watercolor (1890) by Arthur Burdett Frost (1851-1928).