Bari Weiss, a liberal (old-school) reporter who left The New York Times because of its lurch leftward and wokeward, was one of several journalists invited by Elon Musk to examine the Twitter email files. She tells the story of how the journalists came together and what they found. Charles Lipson at The Spectator looks at how damning the Twitter files are to the government.
Thirty years ago, William Bennett published The Book of Virtues, a collection of writings from several millennia on what has (historically, anyway) guided proper behavior. Robert Pandiscio at City Journal looks at the book, discovering that times change but principles endure.
One of the most moving things I read this week was what initially sounded like a trite reference to the season, that old letter to Santa Claus. But Doug Spurling tells quite a different story.
More Good Reads
Life and Culture
Ron DeSantis, Conservationist – James Meigs at CityJournal.
Deep Down Things in a Time of Panic – Ian Marcus Corbin at The Hedgehog Review.
God in the Age of Iron – Paul Kingsnorth at The Abbey of Misrule.
Why is Van Gogh under Attack? – Martin Bailey at The Art Newspaper.
How the West misunderstood Russia’s military capabilities – Rodric Braithwaite at The Spectator.
“These People Aren’t Going Anywhere”: A heartening reminder, from Chicago’s Ukrainian Village – David Murray at Writing Boots.
Fredericksburg by Night – Sarah Kay Bierle at Emerging Civil War.
A Time to Say Goodbye: A Father’s Gratitude as Children Leave Home – Jon Bloom at Desiring God.
Christianity Against the Civilizational State(s) – Jake Meador at Mere Orthodoxy.
A Curious Clue about the Origins of the New Testament Canon – Michael Kruger at Canon Fodder.
Putting the Mess in Christmess – Kyle Borg at Gentle Reformation.
The Inklings and the Outbreak of World War II – Bradley Birzer at The Imaginative Conservative.
Writing and Literature
Writing in Cursive – Brian Miller at A South Roane Agrarian.
The Seven Pillars of Western Civilization – Joseph Pearce at The Imaginative Conservative.
St. Nicholas and the Advent of Children’s Literature – LuElla D’Amico at Church Life Journal.
The 7 Best Articles I Read in 2022 – Chris Martin at Terms of Service.
AI image generation tech can now create life-wrecking deepfakes with ease – Benj Edwards at Ars Technica.
Yet – a poem on the Season of Depression – James Tweedie at Society of Classical Poets.
The Wild, Wonderful, and Poetic World of Ralphie Parker – Matt Mitchell at Literary Hub.
Holy Ghost Power – The Hillbilly Thomists
Painting: Unknown woman (formerly known as Charlotte Bronte), oil on canvas by an unknown artist, circa 1850.)