Saturday, August 3, 2019

"Because beset by weakness..."

Are you weak enough to be a priest? asked Michael J. Buckley, S.J., in this 1970s essay. posted at Archdiocese of Atlanta Office of Diaconate Formation.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Reading Rat - July 2019

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Beloit Library, City Receive State Award for New Services Model, by Ryan Silvola, Beloit Daily News

New! Wakefulness and World by Matthew Linck, Paul Dry Books

How to read 35, 50 or 100 books a year: Give up on the boring ones, by Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Oshkosh Gets Air Show Thanks to This Wisconsin Avaition Enthusiast, by Lindsey Anderson, Milwaukee Magazine

9 tactics for creating a first-class interview process, LinkedIn, (via Kat de Lara, Marketing Manager, LinkedIn Talent Solutions)

Three weeks before Woodstock in 1969, Milwaukee had a rock festival with Zeppelin, Clapton and lots of rain, Here's how it happened. By Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Events

Hunger Book Sale, All Saints Cathedral, Milwaukee, August 1st-6th

The Virtuous Life: First Things Intellectual Retreat, New York City, August 9th-10th

Great Books 2018-2019 Readings for the Great Books Roundtable Discussions atSpecial Collections on the Fourth Floor of the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Next discussion Tuesday, August 27th.

Gala for Western Civilization, featuring Roger Scruton, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Philadelphia, September 19th

Liberalism and Its Discontents, Annual Gathering of the Society for Law and Culture, Russell Kirk Center, Mecosta, Michigan, May 16th

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Watch the Apollo 11 celebration with launch projected onto the Washington Monument

"On Tuesday, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, the 555-foot national symbol lit up with an image of the [363-foot] moon-bound shuttle [sic] blasting into space." (via Fox 8, Washington, DC)

Why isn't this done every 4th of July?

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Reading Rat - June 2019

Articles, Essays, Reviews

The Book That Exposed the Cynical Politics of Donald Duck, By Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker

The Adults Who Treat Reading Like Homework, by Julie Beck, The Atlantic

Barnes & Noble, with sales falling, is sold to hedge fund, by Michelle Chapman, AP News

Disorder in the Stacks: Homeless services put an increasing burden on the New York Public Library, by Stephen Eided, City Journal

Letters: ‘There’s a Joy in Interacting With the Printed Word’: Readers discuss the decline in the use of library books at colleges and universities, The Atlantic

The Mystery of the Missing UW Books: More than a century ago, a charming Southern student hid a dark secret, by Travis McDade, On Wisconsin Magazine

Brave New World? A Defence Of Paradise-Engineering, by David Pearce

The Danger of the Attacks on the Electoral College, by Trent England, Imprimis

Franklin PUblic Library - July 2019 Newsletter, Franklin, Wisconsin

Books

Dottoressa: An American Doctor in Rome, by Susan Levenstein, at Paul Dry Books

New Release: Reason and Proper Function: A Response to Alvin Plantinga, by Kelly Fitzsimmons Burton, published by Public Philosophy Press

Events

National Conservatism, Founding Conference of the Edmund Burke Foundation, Washington DC, July 14th-16th

Hunger Book Sale, All Saints Cathedral, Milwaukee, August 1st-6th

The Virtuous Life: First Things Intellectual Retreat, New York City, August 9th-10th

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Mr. Smith stays in Albany

An Open Letter to the Honorable Alfred E. Smith, by Charles C. Marshall, The Atlantic (April 1927), and the reply, Catholic and Patriot, by Alfred E. Smith, The Atlantic (May 1927).

Friday, May 31, 2019

Reading Rat - May 2019

Articles, Essays, Reviews

The ears have it, by Nicola Shulman, 'on Disney’s Dumbo and the elephant in the room', at The Times Literary Supplement

Sacred Duty: A Soldier’s Tour at Arlington National Cemetery, by Tom Cotton, at Imprimis

Gentleman officer, by Simon Heffer; A review of A Dinner of Herbs by John Verney and Going to the Wars: A Journey in Various Directions by John Verney, at The New Criterion (via Paul Dry Books)

Author of the Month: Clarice Lispector, at London Review Bookshop

Quasimodo out of the Ashes, by Christopher Carstens, Adoremus Bulletin

Collaborative Dialogue to Maintain a Free Society, Marsha Familaro Enright interviewed by Lennie Jarratt, The Heartland Daily Podcast

Before the tree: A selection of writers and thinkers share the books that inspired them as young readers, The Times Literary Supplement

New Releases for June 2019, Goodreads

Events

Ravinia Festival Schedule, Ravinia Park, Highland Park, Illinois, May 31st-September 15th

Tale of Five Cities: Tracing the Roots of American Order to Longstanding Traditions in Human History, Alabama Student Conference, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Montgomery, Alalbama, June 2nd--7th

The Common Good, First Things Intellectual Retreat, Washington, June 7th-8th

Plato and Platonism in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition, Fourteenth Annual Marquette Summer Seminar on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 24th-26th 2019

Colosseum Summer Institute: A course and workshop in the art of poetry for aspiring writers, James Matthew Wilson, Director, Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio, July 8th-11th

The Future of the Catholic Literary Tradition, The Third Biennial Catholic Imagination Conference, Loyola University Chicago, September 19th-21st

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Moon child

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Is Pope Francis a Heretic?

Thomas Weinandy, O.F.M. Cap., at First Things.

"Nineteen theologians and academics recently released a letter to all Catholic bishops throughout the world, accusing Pope Francis of being a heretic and urging the bishops to take action, even canonical, in order to rectify this dire state of affairs.
...
"Actually, the open letter makes it more difficult for others to appropriately critique the ongoing doctrinal and moral chaos within the Church, a disorder that will continue to intensify as this pontificate progresses. ..."

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Reading Rat - April 2019

Events

Franklin Public Library book sale, 9151 West Loomis Road, Franklin, Wisconsin, in the Fadrow Meeting Room:
- Wednesday, May 8th 5:30-8:30 pm Preview Night;
- Thursday, May 9th, 10:00 am-8:30 pm,
- Friday, May 10thk 10:00 am-6:00 pm,
- Saturday, May 11th 10:00 am-5:00 pm Bargain Bag Day! Fill a standard grocery style bag with books for only $2!
- Monday, May 13th 10:00 am-2:00 pm Nonprofit Day! Not-for-profit organizations and owners of Little Free Libraries will have the chance to come in and select books at no charge. Just bring proof of your not-for-profit status or a picture of your Little Free Library!

The Common Good, First Things Intellectual Retreat, Washington, June 7th-8th 2019

Plato and Platonism in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition, Fourteenth Annual Marquette Summer Seminar on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 24th-26th 2019

Colosseum Summer Institute: A course and workshop in the art of poetry for aspiring writers, James Matthew Wilson, Director, Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio, July 8th-11th 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Church and the scandal of sexual abuse

Essay by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at Catholic News Agency. "Translated by Anian Christoph Wimmer. Quotes from Scripture use Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)."

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Reading Rat - March 2019

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Copyright 101 for Businesses and Artists, by Laura Lamansky, Milwaukee, and David B. Billing, Madison, at , Stafford Rosenbaum LLP

Eric Hobsbawm: Historical cosmonaut, by David Kynaston, "on a ‘national treasure’ whose politics provoked endless bitterness", at The Times Literary Supplement

Michael Lovell’s UWM Coup: Tosses Out Student Government, Attempts to Punish Dissenting Student, by John McAdams, at Marquette Warrior

When Giants Walked the Moon: Apollo 11 Captures the Lost Glories of the Space Age, by Russ Douthat, National Review

8 Lessons Our Editor Learned from the Decluttering Bible, by Cate La Farge Summers, on The Life-changing Power of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo, at One Kings Lane

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Reading Rat - February 2019

Articles, essays, reviews

The American Bookstore: Prologue and The American Bookstore: A List by Tara Ann Thieke at Front Porch Republic

Tidying Up Legal Publishing by Benjamin Scott Wright at The Editing Lawyer

Book discussions

Great Books Roundtable Discussions, March 27th: Djuna Barnes "A Night Among the Horses: (1919) and "How It Feels to Be Forcibly Fed" (1914); and Flannery O’Connor "A Temple of the Holy Ghost" (1959) and "Good Country People" (1959), Special Collections Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries

Current Reading: March, Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae, Ecclesiazusae, and Plutus; then April, Plato, Gorgias; from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World, Great Conversation Reading Group

Publishers, booksellers

Iron Filings or Scribblings: Thinking Things Out, by Eva Brann, new at Paul Dry Books

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Reading Rat - January 2019

Articles, essays, reviews

How Hollywood Gets the Publishing Industry Wrong, by Sloane Crosley

I decreased my phone screen time by 80%—this is how I did it by Jason Tashea at ABA Journal

Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence by Alex Berenson

Book discussions

Great Books Roundtable Discussions, February 27th, All My Sons (1947), by Arthur Miller, Special Collections Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries

Current Reading: February, Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children, then March, Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae, Ecclesiazusae, and Plutus; from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World, Great Conversation Reading Group

Monday, December 31, 2018

Reading Rat - December 2018

Articles, essays, reviews

Books of the Year 2018: From autofiction to ‘unbooks’ and ‘Ancient Mariner novels’, The Times Literary Supplement

Best Books of 2018, 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards

Solzhenitsyn as he saw himself, review essay by Stephen Kotkin "on the turbulent life, exile and writing of the Russian author"

Music Without a Destination, review by Matthew Aucoin of Debussy: A Painter in Sound,by Stephen Walsh

Legislative Council Study Committee on the Investment & Use of the School Trust Funds, WisconsinEye audio/video

Is Listening to a Book the Same Thing as Reading It? Each is best suited to different purposes, and neither is superior, by Daniel T. Willingham

The 2018 CRB Christmas Reading List, The Claremont Review of Books

Crossword 1255, The Times Literary Supplement

‘The Great Literary Bake Off’, cartoon by Ella Baron

The Master Recycler, review by George B. Stauffer of Listening to Bach: The Mass in B Minor and the Christmas Oratorio, by Daniel R. Melamed

The world this year, at The Economist

Merry Christmas, by Tony Strobl, reconsideration of this comic book story at Duck Comics Review

Arlo and Janis, by Jimmy Johnson

2019 in public domain, Wikipedia entry

Book discussions

Great Books Roundtable Discussions, Special Collections Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries: January 30th, Libation Bearers, by Aeschylus (458 BCE; translation by David Mulroy, 2018)

Great Conversation Reading Group, Current Reading from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World: January 2019 - Marcel Proust, Swann in Love; February 2019 - Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children

Publishers, booksellers

The Great Chicago Book Sale, The University of Chicago Press

Friday, December 21, 2018

Christmastime For The Jews

TV Funhouse episode on Saturday Night Live

"This retro-looking Rankin/Bass-style animation combined with a Phil Spector-esque song (sung by Darlene Love) that shows all the great things the Jews get to do while the Christians are away celebrating Christmas."

See the lyrics at Saturday Night Live Transcripts.

Here's a List of Saturday TV Funhouse segments,

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Flynn Fiasco

"A sentencing hearing devolves into a spectacle of misinformation." says this editorial by The Wall Street Journal, here quoted at length at Instapundit.
"Well, that was bizarre. We’re referring to the fiasco Tuesday of what was supposed to be the sentencing of Michael Flynn. The sentencing was postponed until next year, but not before federal Judge Emmet Sullivan damaged his own reputation with an extraordinary public attack on the former national security adviser for a crime he’s not been charged with or admitted to.

"Mr. Flynn pleaded guilty a year ago to a single count of lying to the FBI. Yet after being assured that the former three-star general is sticking with his plea, Judge Sullivan unloaded on the defendant over his supposed violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA.

"'All along, you were an unregistered agent of a foreign country while serving as the National Security Adviser to the President of the United States. That undermines everything this flag over here stands for. Arguably you sold your country out,' said the judge. He also used the words 'treason' and 'treasonous.'

But Mr. Mueller has never charged Mr. Flynn with violating FARA, though the former general did represent the government of Turkey before he joined the Trump Administration. A judge isn’t supposed to lose his cool on the bench and berate a defendant for crimes that haven’t been adjudicated in court, much less spread false information.

The outburst was too much even for the lawyers for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who had to tell the judge that Mr. Flynn did not represent any foreign entity while at the White House. Judge Sullivan later apologized, sort of, telling the courtroom not 'to read too much into' his outburst about 'treason.' But that came after the falsehood made global headlines."
(via Althouse)

Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas movie episodes of MST3K

Better known for Thanksgiving Day "Turkey" mockathons, Mystery Science Theater 3000 has featured three Christmas movies:

  • Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964), Experiment 321, hosted by Joel Robinson
  • Santa Claus (1959), Experiment 521, hosted by Mike Nelson
  • The Christmas that Almost Wasn't (Il Natale che quasi non fu 1959), Experiment 1113, hosted by Jonah Ray
Jack Frost (Morózko 1964), Experiment 813, hosted by Mike Nelson, isn't literally about Christmas but comes close if judged by U.S. television specials.

(via via Gavin Jasper at Den of Geek)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Reading Rat - October 2018

Articles, essays, reviews

‘A cluster of signs’, cartoon by Ella Baron

America’s Cold Civil War, by Charles R. Kesler

The Forgotten History of the Financial Crisis: What the World Should Have Learned in 2008, by Adam Tooze, Foreign Affairs

The Spirit of Vatican I, by Russell Hittinger, review of Vatican I: The Council and the Making of the Ultramontane Church, by john w. o’malley, First Things

New books

You Can Understand Aquinas: A Guide to Thomas' Metaphysical Jargon, by Matt Fradd and Robert A. Delfino, at Pints with Aquinas

Finance and Philosophy: Why We're Always Surprised, by Alex J. Pollock, at Paul Dry Books

Library visited

Coupeville Library, Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington, a branch of the Sno-Isle Libraries: reading room features view of Penn Cove, tables with built-in power outlets between chairs, and a "coffee table" book on each.

Book stores visited

Moonraker Books, "Books to delight the mind", Langley, Whidbey Island, Washington

The Kingfisher, "Coupeville's waterfront bookstore", Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washingtone