Month: April 2015

  • Talk to strangers

    It was a while back that I first read someplace about Kierkegaard’s perceived idler reputation. George Pattison writes that “Kierkegaard himself regarded these walks as integral to his literary persona: giving the world the impression that he was a mere idler, while writing books that would change the world.” But this doesn’t feel quite right to me. […]

  • Rebelling against the respectable

    After Patrick Deneen’s tweet and yesterday’s post I wanted to follow on by revisiting something I bookmarked a few years ago: “I’m one of nature’s Protestants. I should never have been brought up as a Catholic. I think that nowadays the Catholic Church is not an institution for respectable people.” —Hillary Mantel Catherine Pepinster’s perspective:…

  • Not to flatter, but to rebel

    No doubt, theology will make our presence and our witness singularly unseasonable in the opinion of those whose only thought is to flatter the world; but unseasonable does not mean inappropriate. In times as tragic as the present, what seems most unseasonable may well be what is most urgent. —Louis Bouyer This was in my…

  • Self-paced learning

    One of the best things the internet lets us do is automate work. An example of this is email newsletters services like MailChimp. With MailChimp’s “Automation” feature, anyone can create a list (say, “Rotary Club”) and then write a series of emails that are automatically delivered to a subscriber. New to Rotary Club? You’ll receive a Welcome…

  • Public transportation

    It’ll be three years this fall since I sold my car. Living in cities since then, I’ve been able to get by comfortably initially with Zipcar, and more recently with a combination of Uber, subway, and frankly walking. For traveling between most frequently visited cities like New York, Philadelphia, Washington, and State College it’s Megabus,…