Saturday, September 17, 2022

Saturday Good Reads - Sept. 17, 2022

How long before the news media has to stop falling for hoaxes before it recognizes the need for basic journalism? The answer, in this day and age, is probably never. The Covington kids, Jussie Smollett, etc., etc., keep happening with nauseating frequency, and the news media wonders why trust is at its lowest level ever. Jessie Singal at Common Sense
 takes a look at the latest example, and how a small college newspaper, practicing basic journalism, upended the likes of The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, CNN, and ESPN, to mention only a few. 

One might think that after a century of intense ready, study, research, and a multitude of articles and books, a poem might finally be understood. One might think that, and one would be wrong. T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land turned 100 years old this year. Alexander Larman at The Critic Magazine says the poem still defies easy categorization


What is it with politicians and laptops? We’ve had Eliot Weiner, Hillary Clinton’s emails, and now Hunter Biden. When it surfaced in 2020, the FBI, CIA, former intelligence officials, and the news media all singing the now well-known hymn, “It’s Just Russian Disinformation.” As it turns out, our vaunted intelligence services notwithstanding, the Hunter Biden laptop was, and is, all too real. Andrew Rice and Olivia Nuzzi at New York Magazine’s Intelligencer (not exactly a conservative publication) tell the story of the now infamous laptop. And it’s, as they say, a story without heroes and a sordid one from start to whatever will be its ultimate finish.


More Good Reads


American Stuff


A Congregation on the Pennsylvania Frontier – Mark Wilcox at Emerging Revolutionary War Era.


Reading the Founding – Bradley Birzer at The Imaginative Conservative.




The Poem as Shared Emotional Experience – Wendy Pratt at Wendy Pratt Writing.


The Silence of Thomas Aquinas – Benjamin Myers at Ekstasis Magazine.


Cast – Jerry Barrett at Gerald the Writer.


Life and Culture


How Weed Became the New OxyContin – Leighton Woodhouse at Tablet Magazine.


The return of the sacred: The British monarchy is defying secular modernity – Sebastian Milbank at The Critic Magazine.


Why Progressives Undermine Civilization – Michael Shellenberger.


Do Parents Have Rights That Protect Against Transgender Ideology? – Joe Carter at The Gospel Coalition.




Just War and Our Cultural Conflict – Kevin DeYoung.


Following Christ in the Machine Age: A Conversation with Paul Kingsnorth – Tessa Carman at Mere Orthodoxy.


British Stuff


The wars of the Windsors – Dominic Green at New Criterion


The Death of the Queen and a Christian Understanding of Sovereignty – Alastair Roberts at The Theopolis Institute. 


Cruikshank at the Tower of London – Spitalfields Life.


News Media


Google’s Revolution in Historical Research – Philip Johnson at Anxious Bench.


Writing and Literature


For Percy Bysshe Shelley, Literature Was the Spark of Revolution – Jared Marcel Pollen at Jacobin.


Let the Violent Bear It Away – Dwight Longenecker at The Imaginative Conservative.


Translation as Transgression: Bringing the Uyghur Novel 'The Backstreets' into English – Darren Byler at Words Without Borders.




The Industrial Visions of Precisionist Artists – Bill Morris at The Millions.


“The Civil War” Soundtrack: Ashokan Farewell

Painting: Lady with a Book, oil on canvas (ca. 1860) by Arthur Boyd Houghton (1836-1875).

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