Month: January 2020

  • When ‘absolutely factual’ reporting deceives

    In the confrontation between America and Iran earlier this month, Iran shot down a civilian airliner, killing 176 people: Iran has admitted that it unintentionally shot down the Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed near Tehran Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board. The plane was mistaken for a “hostile flight” after it turned toward a […]

  • Brookland sunset

    Brookland sunset

    I was in Brookland last Saturday to meet a friend at Busboys and Poets for dinner. This was my view while I was waiting outside, enjoying the incredibly temperate late January weather. It was one of those evenings, one of those moments, where it feels like there’s electricity in the air.

  • VW Karmann on Dumbarton

    VW Karmann on Dumbarton

    A few weeks ago this VW Karmann appeared on Dumbarton Street. I now walk by it most days, parked somewhere along the block near my place. I looked up the VW Karmann—a half million were manufactured between 1955 and 1975 in West Germany and Brazil: I’ve seen young guys tinkering with it, which is cool…

  • ‘Victims of a moral panic’

    Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, Talking with Strangers, has a chapter on the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky scandal. Malcolm Gladwell is speaking in Happy Valley tonight and Ben Novak writes on the whole thing in StateCollege.com: In “Talking with Strangers,” Gladwell stirred up a hornets’ nest with his chapter on the Sandusky scandal entitled “The Boy in…

  • Politics is important, but…

    Archbishop Chaput’s successor in Philadelphia will be Archbishop Nelson Perez. Matt Hadro reports on Archbishop Chaput’s retirement: Chaput reflected on his vocation as bishop to CNA on Thursday, citing St. Augustine as the model of service he has sought to emulate in his ministry. “Augustine lived simply, never abandoned his people, and never avoided difficult…