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He that sitteth at meat

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:23:45 +0000

Christian republicanism is a thing. So asserts Philip Gorski in his American Covenant, citing John Milton first and Jonathan Mayhew, a Harvard-trained Congregationalist minister, foremost (67 – 68). Mayhew’s most influential work was the widely published text of his 1750 sermon “Discourse Concerning Unlimited Submission,” which Gorski calls “an exceedingly clever defense of popular resistance […](image)

Silence in paradise

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:35:50 +0000

An espousal of equality, even the ontological equality at the intersection of Christianity and Lockean liberalism, must get around to answering this: what about property? (We saw a school production of Robin Hood Saturday that brought the issue back to mind.) To someone steeped in the Book of Genesis as well as in Locke’s Second […](image)


Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:44:51 +0000

Last night, Victoria showed me a Facebook post picturing a couple and their three young boys. The mother is pregnant with triplets — all girls. I’m still waiting for the 19th Amendment to hit home. But maybe at the national level it’s “greater and opposite” as opposed to “equal and opposite reaction.” Jefferson wanted “a system […](image)


Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:15:25 +0000

I think we're seeing an infiltration of a foreign government into our domestic political life that we haven't seen since the Adams administration. Just as many Republicans of Jefferson's day related to France's revolutionary fervor and found the Revolutionary French more American than the Federalists, so many Republicans today relate to the "family values" Putin espouses, and find his brand of nationalism more American than the politics of the American left. In a kind of senility, we're reverting to our infancy. Maybe we're getting back to the Founding after all.(image)

Winning two lotteries

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 02:09:34 +0000

Victoria had applied on the train to New York, and she told me she won as we checked into the hotel. I didn’t believe it. I searched the Internet to learn more about this scam. Nothing. We went to the theater, and they put us at the front of the line. Victoria took a picture of me there with the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” marquee over my shoulder. We gave the ushers our golden tickets, and they seated us in the second row.(image)

That’s all

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 12:40:26 +0000

All mentors are signs that know, at some level, that they’ll be pulled out when that which they signify appears. Love is what remains of them. In this way, I think, all my friends – all men, really – may be my mentors.(image)


Tue, 30 May 2017 11:10:09 +0000

There’s a book I loved as a child in which every turn of the boy’s sheet and blanket became a mountain range, a series of waterfalls, an army, or a field of cows or stars. A cloud of witnesses. I don’t think the boy himself was pictured. Was he sick that morning? Or an invalid, […](image)


Sun, 28 May 2017 16:39:58 +0000

I’m reading Scheindlin’s introduction to his translation of Job, thinking of my widowed friend, and V is by our bed, passing me pictures we took of their kids and our kids playing. Job moves by concatenation, Scheindlin says, so it matters little if a single author wrote the book or if it accreted over centuries. […](image)