Results Are In

A communique from the editorial offices at Fortress Press indicates that the title of my forthcoming book will be Faithful Interpretation, partly because it’s what the book is actually about, partly because they wanted to defer to my suggestion, and partly because it would mean changing only one word in the title design. (I didn’t…

The End Is Near

Today’s my last class session of the term, and that’s an exam, so I’m pretty close to being done. I can grade exams tonight, depending on how my sermon is going and how much energy I have. Papers arrive tomorrow (they’ve already begun trickling in), and I have some leftover papers to evaluate from other…

Nineteen

— Years of serving in the priesthood today. I had Alice Cooper’s “Eighteen” running through my head once I remembered what day it was, which is both the wrong number and the wrong musical accompaniment to my anniversary, but it’s also probably the Alice Cooper song that I’m most ready willingly to permit into my…

Not Enough, and a Little Too Much

On this morning’s dog walk, the random five songs that my iPod offered for my morning listening pleasure were Bruce Springsteen’s “Jesus Was an Only Son,” Buddy Holly’s “Rave On,” Garbage performing “The World is Not Enough,” Emmylou Harris and Spyboy singing “Deeper Well,” and Parliament’s “Funkentelechy” (“You may as well pay attention; you can’t…

Tempest In A -Pedia

Dave has been calling attention to drawbacks in the openness of the Wikipedia — first in conjunction with the Adam “The PodFather” Curry vs. Kevin “The Humble But Firm Pioneer” Marks fiasco, then in conjunction with the more weighty problem of horribly slanderous allegations against John Siegenthaler. Two consequences of these demonstrations: First, I think…

This Is My Question

People frequently ask me how I find time to blog. I will have completed this post inside two minutes — but last night Pippa and I spent four hours playing World of Warcraft, and really only just got our toes wet. So, my question is, how do people find time to play WoW? Oh, and…

December Stromateis

Chris pointed me to this amusing report on Slate’s slam on the Left Behind theo-cultural miasma. Dorothea live-blogs this take on open-access academic periodical publishing, which I heartily endorse. Jeneane and Halley both point to Susan Mernit’s lament that the SF Weekly could devote a long, insightful article to Craig Newmark of Craig’s List, which…

Can You Tell?

I stopped by the Apple Store this evening to pick up my first-string computer; can you tell from the way I blog? The retired TiBook performed well coming back after a year of inactivity, but the zippier, more powerful iBook (with all my files, applications, and system upgrades from the last year) is my Main…

AIM Trouble?

Neither Margaret nor I can log in to AIM this morning (I tried both iChat and AIM proper), but I don’t see anything about a problem in the online news sources. Is anyone else having problems? [Later:: Back online after a couple of hours.

The Nominees Are. . . .

My editor Neil writes to say, I’m posing the “finalists” — not including “faithful subversion” — to the marketing-and-covers group. We’re under pressure to get this to the sales people yesterday so I’m asking for your indulgence — I’ll check e-mail later to see what the group finds the most marketable and will have to…

What’s All This, Then?

While I was moderating comments on the “Name That Book” thread, I spotted some lunch-meat comments into which the bot had inserted a [rel] attribute that reads “itsok.” Recognizing that rel attributes aren’t necessarily legislated from on high, is there any organized backing for such an attribute? It seems on the face of it that…