Stromateis By Title

• Peter Serafinowicz explains why he downloads files illegally, even ones in which he has a financial interest. There are too many good bites to single one out, but Serafinowicz makes it clear that only a mad person will think that you can make a business plan out of charging people for an inconvenient, limited,…

Far Apart

This morning, in about two hours, Margaret should finally touch down in Glasgow for her last visit before relocating here in late July. In honour of her arrival, and the past nine months of living apart, and of the past six years (most of which we’ve spent in separate locations), here’s a link to Rene…

Once More, With Reasoning

Vili Lehdonvirta presents another argument for the approach I took in the chapter I wrote on “Technology and Religion.” I haven’t read all the way through it yet, but I’m quite sympathetic to an argument that the “real”/“virtual” dichotomy persistently misleads us.   Plus, the BBC reports that a tawny owl somewhere in Britain has…

Great Start (And An Unfortunate One)

The University of Nottingham has put together Bibledex, a series of brief introductions to the books of the Bible, available through a dedicated page and also a YouTube channel. This is a magnificent step forward in practically every right way, and I fully expect to use these clips in my teaching.   “Practically every way?”…

Fun!

As it turns out, my colleague from Com Lit was captivated by Fun Home when I showed it to her, so I’m on her list to give three lectures next spring in the Level One course “Woman as Hero.” (This makes about the tenth copy of Fun Home I’ve sold for Alison Bechdel, plus all…

Meeting Stanley

Wunderkammer online magazine has posted an interview — with video clips — of Stanley Hauerwas, who was my theology professor during my doctoral work, and who is working with Margaret on her dissertation. The interview marks the publication of Stanley’s autobiography, Hannah’s Child. Many of us think it’s a pretty peculiar thing for Stanley to…

The Art of Political Wagering

I make no pretense of being a pundit relative to politics, but it does tickle me when part of my UK election proposal comes true. First, Labour did very poorly (check!); second, Tories have the most votes (check!); third and fourth, Gordon Brown constitutes a liability for Labour and resigns (check! check!). Now, if only…

Colonial Mothers’ Day

I have known a few mothers in my day, and I venture to say that it wasn’t an easy vocation for any of them. I could reel off a litany of the burdens that mothers bear, but it would lean too comfortably on the obvious; even more onerous than labour and childbirth and dirty diapers…

Studying Heroes

The Comp Lit Department here teaches a two-part course for first-year students. The first part is “Heroic Men”; the second, “Heroic Women.” I was trading emails the other day with the convenor of the course, who had been asking for suggestions for texts about heroes they might use for the course. I noted that possibility…

Parliament And Me

I’m not entitled to vote here, and if I were I would be a non-voter on principle. Still, the UK election has provided a fascinating contrast to my years of observing US elections. Although the outcome of this particular election doesn’t point toward a government with which I’d be likely to sympathise, I am pleased…

Temps Perdu

Over the internet lifetimes I’ve been online, people have coalesced and drifted apart many times over. One of the cool moments comes when someone figures out a way to deploy new technologies to bring together a community from a while back. Through a variety of means, I’ve fallen back in touch with Sean Bonner, and…