Month: March 2018

  • A whole life, in the space of an hour

    Elizabeth Bruenig writes with “all the spiritual advice” she has, “learned through experience, not study” which resonates with me as we approach Easter: About an hour passes between the second time Peter denies knowing Jesus and the third and final time. It must have felt like an eternity, sitting there in the nighttime firelight, overcome […]

  • ‘Neither confirm nor deny’

    Joseph Goldstein reports that the New York Supreme Court has ruled that New York City police can now refuse transparency by employing the CIA tactic of “neither confirming nor denying” public requests for information: On Thursday, New York State’s highest court told the New York Police Department that it was free to use the phrase…

  • Livable places

    Hazel Borys writes: Tonight I was thinking back through all of the places I’ve lived, correlating the physical form of the places to the size of my circle of friends. While completely an anecdote of a sample size of one, I noticed that when I lived in more walkable locations, I certainly had a much…

  • Digital minimalism

    Cal Newport writes about “digital minimalism“, a concept and a book he’s drafting: In late 2017, as part of my research for a book I’m writing on digital minimalism, I invited my mailing list subscribers to participate in an experiment I called the digital declutter. The idea was simple. During the month of January, 2018,…

  • What Newsweek knew

    There’s this debate in America, or what I think is often a sort of pretend debate, about the moral status of the human life that’s in the womb of a pregnant woman. That is, about what precise it is that a woman is pregnant with. We’re left with two troublesome factions in American life, neither…