Daily Archives: January 27, 2009

The Makers of South Park Illustrate an Alan Watts Anecdote on “Life as Music”

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“The problems of the human heart in conflict with itself, which alone can make good writing”: Audio of William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize Speech

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“In walks these three girls in nothing but bathing suits”: See Here John Updike, in a 1995 Interview, Discussing His Short Story, “A & P”

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John Updike Died Today

According to the AP: An old-fashioned believer in hard work, he published more than 50 books in a career that started in the 1950s.

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“I call it, ‘The Torment of Existence Weighed Against the Horror of Nonbeing'”: A Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon to Cheer Up Gloomy Existentialists

There is a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon that I especially like. Calvin has just made a decidedly non-traditional SNOWMAN that looks, with his gaping mouth and look of agony, akin to Edward Munch’s The Scream, and says to Hobbes: I call it, “The Torment … Continue reading

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“We’re a nation not just where you are free to believe or not to believe; we’re a nation founded for Him”: Rick Warren, Kathryn Jean Lopez, and the Theocratic Temptation

Kathryn Jean Lopez, of the National Catholic Register, offers a theocratic spin to the meaning of America (and Obama’s inauguration prayer): Rick Warren reminded us why all eyes were on the Capitol steps that Tuesday afternoon: “in His name.” We’re a … Continue reading

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If You Want to Know What is Really Going on With GLOBAL WARMING, Here is the WEBSITE To Follow

It’s called RealClimate.org. And here’s the kicker: It is a site that talks about climate science in accessible, lay terms—even though all eleven of its contributors are CLIMATE SCIENTISTS. Imagine that. Informed adult reflection and discussion on GLOBAL WARMING. Who would have … Continue reading

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MOVIE REVIEW: Ayn Rand, Barack Obama—and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE?

If you define melodrama as an action and suspense-driven plot, with sympathetically drawn characters surviving at the raw edge of their wits, imagination, and emotions, then SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is an exquisitely rendered piece of melodrama. But unlike cookie-cutter melodrama, in which … Continue reading

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