I like to imagine the aftermath of the Magic School Bus students is that they all ended up as drop-outs due to being bored out of the skulls by every subsequent class. It was probably all for the best.
Poem – “The Hollow Men”
Mistah Kurtz-he dead A penny for the Old Guy I We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with straw. Alas! Our dried voices, when We whisper … Continue reading Poem – “The Hollow Men”
Friday Flotsam: Mostly About Giving Notice
1. So, over last weekend I made the decision to quit my current job. I have enough money and do not have any dependents, so staying on for a paycheck just didn't seem worth it. What I'm going to do next is kind of undecided, except that I'm definitely going to be writing more. In … Continue reading Friday Flotsam: Mostly About Giving Notice
Thoughts on ‘G.K. Chesterton: A Criticism’
This is really one of the most valuable books on Chesterton that I think I have read. Coming from a loving, but clear-sighted brother, it avoids the two errors that many people fall into regarding GKC; that of overpraising him as an infallible or only semi-fallible prophet and of simply dismissing him as an out-of-date … Continue reading Thoughts on ‘G.K. Chesterton: A Criticism’
The 90-Year Reign of Kong
Over at The Everyman, I mark the 90th anniversary of King Kong with a retrospective: The first thing stands out, comparing King Kong to its modern progeny, is that the story is, in style at least, considerably simpler and more artificial than that of films today. There is little effort at verisimilitude in either the … Continue reading The 90-Year Reign of Kong
Poem – “Silver”
Slowly, silently, now the moonWalks the night in her silver shoon;This way, and that, she peers, and seesSilver fruit upon silver trees;One by one the casements catchHer beams beneath the silvery thatch;Couched in his kennel, like a log,With paws of silver sleeps the dog;From their shadowy cote the white breasts peepOf doves in a silver-feathered … Continue reading Poem – “Silver”
Feast of St. Joseph: Church and State
The other day I described the Protestant mentality as a kind of separation of Church and State within the individual. That, of course, itself depends on the idea that there is something like Church and State in the individual, which I seems to me almost self-evident. There is in man that which seeks the ultimate … Continue reading Feast of St. Joseph: Church and State
Friday Flotsam: Mental Health and Recent Reading
1. It’s been a rough week; at work we had one support person out on vacation and another got fired. Which meant it was just me and one other person on the phones. Working the phones is not at all my skill set. The long and the short is that I ended up with a … Continue reading Friday Flotsam: Mental Health and Recent Reading
RIP Mr. B.I.G.
I just learned that Mr. Bert I. Gordon has passed away at the ripe age of 100. Those with even a passing knowledge of the sci-fi films of the 1950s do not need to be told about Mr. Gordon, nor those who grew up watching Mystery Science Theater 3000, of which he was a frequent … Continue reading RIP Mr. B.I.G.
Quote of the Day
"Now, it may be taken as an almost invariable rule that if two persons are closely associated, and one of them has unsettled opinions while the opinions of the other are fixed, the former will gravitate towards the philosophy of the latter as a meteor gravitates towards a planet."-Cecil Chesterton, G.K. Chesterton: A Criticism (regarding … Continue reading Quote of the Day