“In mulling Mr. Collins over for the last several days, I have come (once again) to a rather sobering thesis: I might be a lousy father. It is a thesis which follows inevitably from two rather simple facts, both easily proved by an honest, unsentimental assessment of the world. First, lousy fathers exist. Second, lousy fathers are unlikely to beContinue reading “If You Are A Lousy Father, You Have To Figure It Out On Your Own”
Justin Hall recently interviewed me for The Notion Club Podcast. We spoke about autodidactism, adulthood, classical education, and beauty. I am not always happy with interviews, but I was quite pleased with Justin’s set of questions and his conversation. As a tease: in this interview, I explain my friend Andrew’s excellent critique of the “life-longContinue reading “The Notion Club Podcast”
“What follows is a range of mild movies for children to R-rated films for adults. While there are one or two recent films on this list, I have tried to pick films that I have re-watched many times, and which were valuable to me at different stages in my life. I believe the best moviesContinue reading “25 Movie Recommendations”
“While teachers are apt to chide students about writing papers the night before, many teachers also procrastinate when it comes to grading and returning papers. Students who write their papers the night before rarely do great work, but teachers who attempt to grade forty essays in four hours are rarely doing great grading either.” -FromContinue reading “How To Avoid Grading Burnout”
“Dying societies accumulate laws like dying men accumulate remedies.” -Nicolas Gomez Davila As men implode–as their marriages fail, as their relationships with their children fall apart–they become all the more insistent that they know how happy, competent men ought to live.
It would be worth it for Christians (especially Christian couples) to sort out now how they will respond when the inevitable occurs and the “terms and conditions” that we blindly agree to–and which are now attached to a growing number of products and services–contain a whole bunch of anti-Christian dogmas.
For the record, there are two great filmmakers working today who happen to be Christians: Whit Stillman and John Patrick Shanley. Shanley’s Wild Mountain Thyme was both weird and conventional, traditional and Shakespearean, and included a number of scenes so thematically rich, I was already looking forward to my third or fourth viewing. It hasContinue reading “The Best Film of 2020”
“The individual’s decision to end their own life, based on how they personally define quality of life and a meaningful existence eludes any evaluation on the basis of general values, religious dogmas, societal norms for dealing with life and death, or consideration of objective rationality.” -The highest court in Germany rules on an individual’s right toContinue reading “Suicide In Germany”
“I have been bad, but not as bad as that fellow” is something that fellow says all the time.
My latest for CiRCE offers nine reasons why quitting social media will make your life better. Use the centrifugal force of a new calendar to help you do so.