The Thinking 

Joe and Bill: A Portrait of Two Non-believers

August 6, 2010


I HIGHLY recommend Kristor’s examination of the difference between hypocrisy and uncertainty in this recent entry on interfaith marriage. He looks at two parents who choose to take their children to church even though they themselves do not believe.

Other interesting comments have also been added to the discussion on whether it is good to take children to church when parents do not fully accept the faith.

Daniel Mitsui

Daniel Mitsui


The Alternative Extreme

August 6, 2010


AT ALTERNATIVE RIGHT, a video of a black man who is hit by a truck while dancing in the street, and presumably killed, is gleefully savored by hateful commenters.

By the way, if hatred is expressed at a website by commenters, and not denounced by moderators, the latter are implicitly endorsing those sentiments. In this case, Richard Spencer obviously does accept the commenters’ views as he treats the incident, in which a man is injured, as a joke.

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The Educated Eye

August 6, 2010



IN HIS inspiring and provocative reflections on mountains and their effects on the psyche, Thomas Starr King spoke of the importance of learning to see. He wrote:

To learn to see is one of the chief objects of education and life. First as infants we learn to push the world off from ourselves, and to disentangle ourselves as personalities from a mesh of sensations. Then we gain power to detect and measure distance ; then to perceive forms and colors; and at last to relate objects quickly and properly to each other by a sweep of the eye. And this process is crowned by the poetic perception of general beauty, in which our humanity flowers out, and by which we obtain possession of the world. ” The charming landscape which I saw this morning is indubitably made up of some twenty or thirty farms. Read More »


Extinguishing the Embers of Burning Lingerie

August 6, 2010


KRISTOR writes:

The Corset Revolution would presumably herald the downfall of the movement that began with the public burning of bras.

Laura writes:

Yes, of course. The revolution must come full circle and make some dramatic statement involving underwear. We cannot project an image of seriousness otherwise. 

Why did they burn bras anyway? I forget.

Here’s an article claiming that the bra-burning is a folk myth. Also, I have been unable to find an image in online archives of anyone burning bras; perhaps it never happened. I’m inclined to believe it never did happen. No woman in her right mind, even a radical feminist, would burn her bra. [SEE the comment from a reader below whose sister and friends did indeed burn their bras.]


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