While I'm skeptical that any moral claim can be made in entirely secular terms all the way down--in other words, eventually you do have to discuss your fundamental metaphysical beliefs and deepest loves/loyalties--I think the case against gay marriage is about as secular as the cases against, say, torture or the death penalty. In other words, I think we can talk for a while before you get to God, and that's what I try to do. - Eve Tushnet
He became acutely conscious of “the danger of allowing others—not just friends and colleagues but the masses—to exert too much influence on one’s thinking.” The more connected a society becomes, the greater the chance an individual can become a creature, or even slave, of that connectedness. - Peggy Noonan on author of "Hamlet's Blackberry"
The answer that people thought [Obama] was a Muslim is of course what made the headlines because of course trying to broadcast the stupidity of people is what makes headlines, especially if you are trying to make a specific segment look dumb. But of course there were all those people who believed 9/11 was an inside job — so finding people who believe things such as this is no difficulty. - Curt Jester
On Reading Chinese Poetry
In translation the words
are the same. The moon
shines the same on Brooklyn
and Xi'an, and boats at night
on lakes are much the same.
But the spirit of the Chinese moon
is world away from New York.
The sound of boats on water
changed when it is played against
Chinese and southern moon.
- Steven Riddle of "...recollected in tranquility…"
Pope Pius XII had the experience of seeing the Fatima “miracle of the sun” on three successive days at four p.m.—October 30, 1950; October 31, 1950; and November 1, 1950—while praying the Holy Rosary in the Vatican Gardens…This announcement at Fatima marked the first time in the history of the Roman Catholic Church that a papal vision was announced during the pontiff's lifetime. - Janice Connell
We have Robert Burns’ “My love is like a red,red, rose.” We have Wordsworth’s “Thy soul was like a Star.” But for my money--today anyway--the prize goes to brother Californian/fellow Angeleno/noir genius Raymond Chandler who, in Farewell, My Lovely, wrote: “He was about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.” - Heather King's on greatest simile of all time
I, who have always been resolutely anti-blog (cause doncha know, I’m a purist, I’m a professional), have started (obviously) a blog. I’m interested to see how it unfolds, what I’ll learn. In two weeks, I’ve already realized: Oh okay, this is like everything else. It’s not going to make you famous. It’s not going to gain you a big “following.” It’s work and if you look at it in any other way than that it’s a gift then the blog won’t be any good, it won’t be you, and you’re going to be burdened by the fact that it’s work and pissed that no-one’s paying attention. In fact, one of the main reasons I started a blog at all was because I have so many unpublished essays, reflections, and snippets of ideas I figured: Why not start just giving them away! - Heather King of "Shirt of Flame"