New York Magazine ran a trend piece Wednesday about “normcore,” a supposedly anti-fashion fashion trend supposedly emerging among beautiful New York young people. The aesthetic can be summed up by Steve Jobs turtlenecks, garish-white Jerry Seinfeld sneakers, and your dad’s sky-blue weekend jeans.
Here’s writer Fiona Duncan’s explanation:
Jeremy Lewis, the founder/editor of [...]
I have a new essay at Jacobin on the controversy erupting in the conservative blogosphere over UCLA’s changes (three years ago) to the structure of its English major. While that may seem like an obscure topic for a lengthy disquisition, the article I’m responding to, from the conservative City Journal, reiterates some persistent, pernicious myths about [...]
Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones has recently been making headlines. First, with her charming rendition of holiday pop songs on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and just the other week, with her not-so-charming Glamour article titled “Why is Everyone Getting Naked?”
According to Jones, female stars like Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna [...]
Mere Apologetics by Alister McGrath. Baker, 2012, 208pp.
Christian Apologetics as Cross-Cultural Dialogue by Benno van den Toren. T&T Clark, 2012, 288pp.
What is the best way of defending the Christian religion today? And do we really need yet another apologia in the form of an intellectual argument? Both Alister McGrath and [...]
So this Tom Scocca essay on smarm is entertainingly executed and much-needed, even if it’s hardly the first time these arguments have been made, and even if there’s no small amount of hypocrisy in its appearance on Gawker. (Nick Denton presenting himself as some kind of warrior against the elite is, of [...]
Whenever I talk to anybody about the New Sincerity — this happens a lot less since I stopped trying to talk to everybody about the New Sincerity — the inevitable question of “what’s next?” arises. This is a good and natural question given the laughably short lifespan of any pop culture moment. [...]
This morning, The Daily Beast published a review/essay by me about Nadia Bolz-Weber. A lot of people have written about NBW, and in thinking about adding my voice to that list, I wanted to be sure to say something original and interesting. As I read her book, I came up with the notion [...]
David Swartz gave a lecture at Gordon College last month entitled, “Evangelical Left: Oxymoron or Opportunity,” in which he tells the story of a failed attempt to coalesce a movement in the mid-eighties and current thinkers who might signal a renewed opportunity for political engagement by Evangelicals. The Culture Wars have left many Evangelicals [...]
On the heels of the latest incident in Alec Baldwin’s long string of gay-slur-laced outbursts of anger, there was apparently a very serious debate about whether or not Baldwin is, deep in his being, a homophobe. Andrew Sullivan and Ta-Nehisi Coates both agreed that he was, and that his public advocacy for gay rights [...]
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