A few shards from my Monday-morning web trails:
We all know you are startingly delusional, Blago. But you could at least have the sense to avoid emitting your gaseous egotism in front of wry writers like David Remnick.
DoubleX capably destroys Michael Gerson's off-note column on modern 20-something relationships.
My Politics Daily colleague Delia Lloyd defends "nanny-state" interventions into our deteriorating individual health. I kind of agree.
In memory of the departed neocon Irving Kristol, The New Republic is featuring some of his pieces from their archives, including this meditation on the superiority of Washington, D.C. over New York. It was 1988 and he was mostly wrong, but he was also partly right.
Carrie Prejean all but reenacts a scene from Saved! when she suggests God will reward her lost pageant crown with a bigger one in heaven.
A book to look forward to.
I was going to open my mouth on the swearing "issue," but Fitz has handled it more nicely than I would have. Instead, I'll just mooch off of Times of London critic Giles Coren, of whose journalistic antics I can never get enough:
Old folk will always tell you that swearing and rudeness is a sign of ignorance, that it debases the language. That you should think — even count — to ten before you speak. But that’s sad old bollocks from the 1950s. Language is so moribund now that a bit of directness, a bit of old-fashioned free-association, can have a new and awesome power.
At the bottom end of the linguistic scale, kids are all, ‘like, innit, bruv, you know what I’m sayin…’ to the point where they are clearly not saying anything, and have reclaimed the condition of grunting primates that we took a million years to evolve from. And at the ‘top’ end, in political debate and in the media, it’s all peri- phrasis and euphemism. It’s all: ‘let me make one thing clear’; it’s all ‘rafts of measures’ and ‘step-changes’; it’s all ‘can I assist you at all?’ and ‘somewhat inebriated after a number of libations…’.
And you just want to shout, ‘F—k!’ And if you do, it seems, people really sit up and listen.
Holy sh…er…crap! What a week it’s been. Since last Friday when we published our second “Friday editorial” we have been delighted by the discourse that it has prompted. Immediately after running the piece we received a lot of compliments and support for our stance on what we perceived to be the non-issue of swearing among evangelicals. Many people agreed with our sense that the focus on four-letter words had spiraled out of control and appreciated our attempt to reign it in by pointing out that, for most of us, it just doesn’t matter that much.
But just as quickly as the praise came in, so, too did we receive some earnest criticism from readers who took issue with the editorial. The emails, tweets, Facebook responses and blog posts that challenged our opinion were very much appreciated. Both Sessions and myself love knowing that we stimulated a conversation, and particularly one that drew in not only many readers, but also many of the largest and most respected evangelical periodicals as well. Most of the responses were well-crafted, fully realized and, if not completely convincing, at least challenging. Of course there were those that were less so, those reactions which were insulting and terse; none more so than being referred to as “pathetic and dumb” by a tweeter from a prominent magazine.
Where we have been happy to dialog with people, from those that responded online to personal friends here in NYC and beyond, we have done so on the grounds of mutual understanding: the reader fully comprehends where we are coming from and what we were trying to say and then takes issue either with the subject itself, or the way we said it. Where we have been disappointed and let down by the direction the conversation has taken is where we are most unfortunately misrepresented. I believe this is the case in a recent blog post on the website of the magazine First Things.
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