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Daily Archives: November 1st, 2012

Hurricanes and Fashion, Part II

  JAMES P. writes: Elizabeth McBride writes: Are you serious about the way New Yorkers are dressed after the worse storm in recorded history? Should they dress up in suits for the men, gowns and heels for the women? I encourage everyone to search for images of past hurricanes — e.g., 1938, 1944, or 1954. […]

A Tea Party in Dallas

  MEREDITH writes: I too am saddened by the extreme casualness of our society’s dress. Just this past weekend, my daughter and I traveled to Dallas for a baby shower that was a tea party theme. Since we were going to Dallas (which tends to be much dressier than my city) I had assumed that the […]

The Future of Marriage

  DON’T miss the extended discussion in this entry of ecclesiastical marriage and the rejection of state marriage licenses. Especially see these comments by Jeremy, who argues that Christians can no longer with good conscience participate in the civil institution of marriage.

Culture and the Downloadable Novel

  JOHN HARRIS, editor of Praesidium and executive director of the Center for Literate Values, writes: I happened upon Alexis de Tocqueville’s remarks about literary taste in American democracy recently. Dense irony swirled around the discovery of his words about the literary industry. He wrote: The ever-growing crowd of readers and the continual need they have […]

Mr. Bean Objects to Britain’s Hate Speech Law

  ROWAN ATKINSON, the British actor, spoke out recently against Britain’s draconian hate speech law, which has led to hundreds of arrests for those who have violated liberal rules of etiquette, such as the man who called a police horse “gay.” The “right to insult and offend” is basic to British tradition, Atkinson said. He stated: […]

Happy All Saints Day


The Thrill of Destruction

  JANE S. writes: Dennis Prager writes: “Same-sex marriage is the only social movement to break entirely with the past, to create a moral ideal never before conceived. . .. After all, you need a lot of self-esteem to hold yourself morally superior to all those who preceded you.” Dennis Prager doesn’t get it. To […]