Monthly Archives: July 2017

Repost: More Reader’s Digest Condensed Poetry

Here are the rest of my favorite condensed poems from Reader’s Digest, complete with footnotes!   Thanks to Reader’s Digest, I was able to read a hundred or so poems by Mr Tennyson this afternoon, and I’ve learned to love the ethereal beauty of Victorian poetry. Thank goodness I have the annotated version, or it would have […]

Repost: Reader’s Digest Condensed Poetry I

Hard to believe I’ve been blogging for 5 years. I haven’t gotten better with practice, in fact maybe worse. This is an early post. Enjoy! For decades Readers Digest has already done the heavy lifting of reading and understanding literature for us. I find their Condensed Poems series is a great doorway to broader cultural […]

What does buy local even mean?

Kevin Williamson:buy local, One of the great enduring stupidities of modern economic life is the belief that buying American is somehow beneficial to the United States as a whole. A related daft notion, very popular among our progressive friends horrified at the chauvinism of “Buy American” campaigns, is that buying local helps your local community […]

A Rare Find

Some time ago I wrote about the near extinction of the American Chestnut during the first half of the 20th century thanks to the Chestnut blight brought over from China. Yet the roots of the old trees live on and send up saplings. The little trees might grow to 20 feet or so before the […]

Review: In Search of St Peter

Last night I watched the BBC documentary In the Footsteps of St Peter hosted by David Suchet of Poirot fame. It is free with Amazon Prime. Conclusion: it was not bad. But I did not really learn much I would not have picked up from reading the New Testament. One new item I learned was that his hometown, […]

A nice article on the organic food scam

I have some sympathy for fat people having been rather tubby when I was in middle school; I’m convinced that the hormonal and metabolic aspects of obesity are more complicated than the calories-in-calories-out formula. Simply eating less is a great way to lose weight if you already tend to be thin but it is not […]

Poor David Brooks

David Brooks in the NYT: To feel at home in opportunity-rich areas, you’ve got to understand the right barre techniques, sport the right baby carrier, have the right podcast, food truck, tea, wine and Pilates tastes, not to mention possess the right attitudes about David Foster Wallace, child-rearing, gender norms and intersectionality. The educated class […]