Saturday, September 16, 2023

Saturday Good Reads - Sept. 16, 2023

The Sound of Freedom was definitely the surprise movie hit of the summer. Grossing more than $182 in the U.S. alone, the movie outperformed several better known film franchises. Telling the story of the sexual trafficking of children, the movie was well-written, well-performed, and well-directed. And, of course, the mainstream movie critics hated it, almost unanimously. As Delphine Chui at The Critic Magazine points out, their problems had less to do with the movie and vastly more to do with the culture war. 

 One of the most moving things I read this past week with the story of a father desperate to connect with his behaviorally challenged son. Steve Salermo at Quillette explains how a pit bull made a huge difference


Our culture is repaganizing, and even the non-religious are beginning to see the dangers. Read Louise Perry at First Things Magazine


More Good Reads


Life and Culture


In Missouri v. Biden, Internet Censorship Case, a Win and a Loss – Matt Taibbi at Racket News.


The Government Censored Me and Other Scientists. We Fought Back – and Won – Jay Bhattacharya at The Free Press.


Writing and Literature


Monday Morning Memo: Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – David Murray at Writing Boots.


Publishing needs to be more diverse, but how? – Victoria Smith at the Critic Magazine.




Let Suffering Lead to Gentleness, Not Bitterness – Lara d’Entremont. 


What’s the Big Deal About a New Papyrus with Sayings of Jesus? – Michael Holmes at Text and Canon Institute.


Selflessness and Sorrow: The Unknown Life of Jesus – Michael Patton at Parchment and Pen.




Grey Gardens – Sarah Nichols at Every Day Poems.




Mistranslation of Newton’s First Law Discovered After 300 Years – Stephanie Pappas at Scientific American. 


Academia’s Missing Men – Lawrence Krauss at Quillette.




Spiritual Renewal and Modern Choral Music – Michael De Sapio at The Imaginative Conservative.


The Story Behind the Song: How Robert Flack Changed the World with ‘Killing Me Softly’ – Atreyi Banerji at Far Our Magazine.


News Media


BBC News prefers some voices to others – Joe Hackett at The Critic Magazine.


Biden’s Praetorian Media Guard – Matt Taibbi at Racket News. 

Rachmaninov: “Bogoroditse Devo” All-Night Vigil


Photograph: Woman Reading by Leon Selbert via Unsplash. Used with permission.

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