Friday, March 20, 2020

Behind The Dementia

"A friend was able to convert an old VHS tape of a smallish Dr. Demento documentary that was done for Alcon 2000. Enjoy!"
-ImuyumI

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Reading Rat - February 2020

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Articles by Roger Scruton, The New Criterion archive

Know when it's time to replace plumbing fixtures, by Laura Firszt, More Content Now, The Daily Record, Wooster, Ohio (via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

After the Welfare State: Reconceiving Mutual Aid: The 2020 Annual Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Conference, Deutsches Haus at New York University

In Brief, Brian Morton reviews Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell, at The Times Literary Supplement

No flash in the pan; Reconsiderations; by John Steele Gordon, On the beloved brainchild of George MacDonald Fraser, at The New Criterion

Cultural Debris, inaugural Featured Essay, Classic Kirk Essays: a curated selection of Russell Kirk’s perennial essays, at The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal

Events

Great Conversation Reading Group, Current Reading from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World; March: Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, Book II; April: James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson

Great Books 2018-2019 Readings for the Great Books Roundtable Discussions at Special Collections on the Fourth Floor of the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; March 25th or April 1st, Sarah Orne Jewett, "Poor Joanna Todd" Chapters 13-15 from The Country of the Pointed Firs (1910), and Ellen Glasgow, "The Shadowy Third" (1916) and "A Point in Morals" (1898)

Friday, January 31, 2020

Reading Rat - January 2020

The 15th Annual Better-Than List, by Armond White, at National Review

Nussbaum's Surprising Conservatism, by Anthony M. Barr, review of The Cosmopolitan Tradition: A Noble but Flawed Ideal, by Martha C. Nussbaum, at Modern Age

'The History of Philosophy' (Penguin Press), by A.C. Grayling, review by David Luhrssen, at Shepherd Express

Got rid, by Sean O’brien, at The Times Literary Supplement, January 10, 2020

In U.S., Library Visits Outpaced Trips to Movies in 2019, by Justin McCarthy, Gallup (via Franklin Public Library)

Poetry by Alfred Nicol, (then follow "Next Article" links to) Steven Peterson, Timothy Dusenbury, Elinor Ann Walker, Iain Twiddy. David B. Wester, Clinton Collister, and Sally Thomas, at First Things, January 2020

Events

Great Conversation Reading Group, Current Reading from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World: February, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, A Discourse on Political Economy; March, Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, Book II.

"Themes from the Philosophical Scholarship of Sarah Broadie", Thursday, February 20th, and Friday, February 21st, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Eisenberg Reading Room, Sensenbrenner Hall, 1103 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Marquette University, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy, Schedule

Sarah Broadie, "Mathematics in Plato's Republic", Aquinas Lecture, Sunday, February 23rd, 3:00 p.m., Marquette University, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy, Marquette Hall, 1217 W. Wisconsin Ave., Room 100

Great Books 2018-2019 Readings for the Great Books Roundtable Discussions at Special Collections on the Fourth Floor of the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: February 24th, Euripides, Trojan Women.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Reading Rat - December 2019

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Why 'Rise of Skywalker' Fails, by Jake Meador, at First Things

Book it, by Anthony Daniels, review of What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of Reading, by Leah Price, at The New Criterion, December 2019

My Year In Books 2019, Goodreads

2020 in public domain, Wikipedia entry

Events

Book Nook overstock clearance sale, donated and withdrawn books $1 a bag, through January 12th, Franklin Public Library, Franklin, Wisconsin

Great Conversation Reading Group, Current Reading from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World: January, John Locke, A Letter Concerning Toleration; February, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, A Discourse on Political Economy

Great Books 2018-2019 Readings for the Great Books Roundtable Discussions at Special Collections on the Fourth Floor of the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: January 29th, Steve Gooch, Female Transport (1972)

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Reading Rat - November 2019

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Borrowed wealth: Forty years of PLR, by Tom Holland, at The Times Literary Supplement

Harvard admits its preferences: On Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard College & racial preferences in college admission, by Heather Mac Donald, at The New Criterion, the November 2019

50 Years Ago: Changes In Mass for Greater Apostolate, Address to a Wednesday General Audience, November 26, 1969, by Pope Paul VI, at Adoremus Bulletin, November 2019

Beyond the bestsellers: Lesser-known literary delights make perfect holiday gifts, by Michael Dirda, The Washington Post (via Jay Gold)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Reading Rat - October 2019

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Wealth tax doomed Emil Seidel: Milwaukee’s first socialist mayor blamed his 1912 re-election loss on his call to tax the assets of the rich, by Mark Lisheron, at Diggings, Fall 2019

Leninthink, by Gary Saul Morson, at The New Criterion, October 2019

The Chefs Reinventing the Midwestern Supper Club: Once a mainstay of midcentury dining, the convivial establishments have reappeared, even as the meaning of “all-American” has become more complicated, by Ligaya Mishan, The New York Times (via Jay Gold)

‘Possessed by Memory’ and ‘The American Canon’ Review: A Cat That Walks by Himself: Harold Bloom likes to portray himself as a weary critical Prometheus, assailed by flocks of eagles, by Michael Dirda, The Wall Street Journal

Events

Great Conversation Reading Group, Current Reading from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World: November, Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy; December, Benedict de Spinoza, Ethics, Part III

Great Books 2018-2019 Readings for the Great Books Roundtable Discussions at Special Collections on the Fourth Floor of the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: November 27th (this date subject to change), Marcel Proust, "Within A Budding Grove", Part 3, volume 2, In Search of Lost Time or Remembrance of Things Past

Monday, September 30, 2019

Reading Rat - September 2019

Articles, Essays, Reviews

It’s Time Again for Sunday Gridiron Liturgy! by Christopher Carsten, at Adoremus Bulletin, September 2019

Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution, by Myron Magnet, Imprimis

Spiritual matters, by by Diane Scharper, review of Teilhard’s Struggle: Embracing the Work of Evolution, by Kathleen Duffy, at The New Criterion, September 2019

'The Best Care' Back in the Air? Midwest Express Faces Significant Headwinds, by Rich Rovito, Milwaukee Magazine

Prorogation gallery: historical examples of Parliament being suspended, by Philip Salmon, The Times Literary Supplement

What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 Max? by William Langewiesche, The New York Times

Rediscovering Bette Howland: How the work of a celebrated Chicago writer was lost and found again, by Carrie Golus, The University of Chicago Magazine

Milwaukee Archdiocese Celebrates 175-Year Anniversary: The social and economic justice side of Milwaukee’s Catholic Church, by David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express

Events

Great Conversation Reading Group, Current Reading from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World: October 2019 - Francis Bacon: Advancement of Learning [Book I, Ch. 1—Book II, Ch. 11]; November 2019 - Descartes, Meditations on the First Philosophy,

Great Books 2018-2019 Readings for the Great Books Roundtable Discussions at Special Collections on the Fourth Floor of the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Next discussion October 30th.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Reading Rat - August 2019

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Most Popular Books Published In August 2019: Top 200 books published in August 2019 that people have added on Goodreads.

Millennials Rely on ‘Side Hustles’ to Climb the Corporate Ladder: Young professionals who branch out have a better chance of reaching the corner office, by Arienne Cohen, Bloomberg Businessweekk (via LinkedIn)

Karl Marx: Prophet of the Present, by James Miller, review of Karl Marx: Philosophy and Revolution, by Shlomo Avineri, The New York Times

Can Britain’s Top Bookseller Save Barnes & Noble? by David Segal, The New York Times

Take It Lying Down: Finding My Feet after a Spinal Cord Injury, by Jim Linnell, from Paul Dry Books

Fouling Up 
Federalism: How Federal Grant-in-Aid Programs Drive Irrational Policymaking and Undermine Democratic Accountability, by Mike Nichols, at Insider, Summer 2019

Rediscovering the Wisdom in American History, by Wilfred McClay, Imprimis

Events

Great Conversation Reading Group, Current Reading from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World: September 2019 - Shakespeare: Othello, King Lear; October 2019 - Francis Bacon: Advancement of Learning [Book I, Ch. 1—Book II, Ch. 11].

Great Books 2018-2019 Readings for the Great Books Roundtable Discussions at Special Collections on the Fourth Floor of the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Next discussion September 25th (corrected date).

Searching for Self: The Non-political Roots of Identity Politics, First Things Lecture with Mary Eberstadt, Austin, Texas, September 30th

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

Ex-offenders under watch, with reports by Cecelia Klingele, and by Julie Grace and Patrick Hughes. at Badger Institute

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

Hobsbawm’s sorcery, by David Pryce-Jones, review of Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History, by Richard J. Evans, The New Criterion

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

Through a Glass, Darkly, by Loren Rotner, review of Hobbes's Kingdom of Light: A Study of the Foundations of Modern Political Philosophy, by Devin Stauffer, Claremont Review of Books

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

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Poll: Jews, Arabs much less divided than Israeli politics lets on, by Dahlia Scheindlin, +972 (via The Economist)

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

Ye Shall Be as Gods, by James V. Schall, review of The Idol of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity, by Daniel Mahoney, Claremont Review of Books

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