Category Archives: Culture (popular and otherwise)

Notre Dame.

Notre Dame is burning. To quote the CNN commentator, “It was a reminder that there is still beauty in the world….  We all need beautiful things right now…. It is a reminder that there is something bigger in the world … Continue reading

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Now for something completely trivial…

I am trying to keep from obsessing over serious things. I have a couple of actually substantive posts in progress, but in the meantime I am going to revisit my list of media crushes. So herewith, media figures I have … Continue reading

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“What do you want, a bloody photograph?”

While Railfan* and I were discussing the Inquisition, I remembered my favorite document of that era, the transcript of Poalo Veronese’s trial for heresy for a painting of the Last Supper. It strongly resembles a Monty Python sketch.** The very … Continue reading

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Rosebud was the sled.

I will write about the mosque shootings soon (and probably after everyone else). I am trying to get my thoughts together: absolute rage is not conducive to good writing. In the meantime, I want to write about a couple of … Continue reading

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The Washington Post wins.

The Super Bowl was, not to put to fine a point on it, a snoozefest. That teams who were there by virtue of bad calls back down the line only exacerbated my annoyance when they then produced one of the … Continue reading

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Mary Queen of Scots.

[Spoilers for Mary Queen of Scots.] I saw Mary Queen of Scots last night. I thought they did a pretty good job on the history, although I would quibble with the death scene. They did not age Mary at all, … Continue reading

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Today’s amusing fact: the word “scofflaw” came out of a contest the Boston Globe held for people to come up with a name for people who continued to drink even during Prohibition. From Prohibition. Thank you, Ken Burns. It really … Continue reading

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