- I live in a country that wants to negotiate with the Taliban. (primary source here, if you need it) – Well, at least Superman stands for something. -
- In Pakistan, a female suicide bomber blew herself up on a bus carrying other female students. Then the same group that blew up the bus attacked the hospital where the wounded were taken.
- “Since the mid-1970s, the state has executed 77 people. Florida has also exonerated 24 people who’ve been sentenced to die—the most of any state. In other words, for every three inmates executed, one is set free.” Take a guess which state is trying to expedite executions, even though it has more than likely murdered one of its own falsely?
- Claire Berlinski’s account of what happened at Taksim Square in Turkey is a must-read.
- Many thanks to Ricky McAlister for recommending “Hemlock,” which is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read. It’s a webcomic about an 800 year old witch in a pretty dysfunctional marriage. It has a tenderness and dare I say grace of its own; the end of the first chapter was moving. You should read about the author and note how old she probably is. Tonight I’ll talk with Mom and we’ll probably reach the conclusion that nothing will ever change in our crazy world. Part of me thinks we really need to take a chance and let some younger people start leading, right here, right now (and I don’t mean me. I’m too old). It’s really amazing what they can see, especially in light of our blinding ourselves with excuses.
I am a graduate student in political science at the University of Dallas who thinks the media is dumb for the most part, yet am immersed myself. I am looking to break my addiction, and this blog is part of the solution: Why not try to see what the past can tell us about the present, as opposed to seeing what the present has to say about the present only?
OK, I’m sold. What should I read here?
- Analysis of The Gettysburg Address: Is Democracy Feasible?
- Analysis of Lincoln's "Second Inaugural:" Where do American virtues lie?
- Commentary on the Book of Jonah
- On "Batman Begins"
- From Love to God: On Hopkins' "As Kingfishers Catch Fire"
- On Emily Dickinson's "These are the days when birds come back..."
- The Coming Age: Macbeth and the Birth of the Modern World
- On Polemarchus: Commentary on the Republic of Plato, 331d-336a
- A Reading of Plato's "Crito"
- Towards a Nietzschean Understanding of Politics: Notes on "The Case of Wagner"