Seven Days In January, Day Four

Day Four of the US Fascist Crisis dawns (in the UK) on the note that various social media providers have cut off the Presidunce and his enablers. This is probably a good thing, but there is plenty of time for DJT and company, and the various Proud Children and Q-cumbers, to strike again — four…

The Day After The Day After

Today I extended my streak running streak to thirteen days (running in the snow, which is no big deal for my friends in the northern US or Canada, but which borders on madness, madness I tell you, in England). Later in the day I finished off an editing project (with invaluable feedback from my generous…

So, That Happened…

Late last year I tweeted a comparison of US politics to the novel Seven Days in May. If we start with the Georgia election, I make this the end of Seven Days in January, Day Two (USA time). We’ll see how the next five days go. On an unrelated note, my streak running streak is…

Congratulations, Georgia (and USA)

Job well done, Georgia, if by an uncomfortably narrow margin. I know it would have been a wider margin without the voter-suppression activities that the stte government has pursued for the past few years. Now that Mitch McConnell is no longer absolute monarch of the Senate, here are some developments I’d like to see: National…

Hey-ho!

I just caught myself letting a day slip past without having blogged. That will not do! Over the weekend I saw an article on ‘streak running’, which I first thought referred to nakedness. It develops, if your frame of reference matches mine, that it has become a thing to run on consecutive days. This revelation…

Shannon and Interpretation

For this morning’s entry, I’ll just flag up (again, sorry) my article in Horizons in Biblical Theology, wherein I make the connection that links Claude Shannon’s information theory (a very good thing), Roman Jakobson’s redeployment of it (a questionable thing), and the way it has become an ossified set piece in the conventional discourse about…

Monolingual Judges

Friday I noted on Twitter that in Louis Ginzberg’s Legends of the Jews (have I mentioned here before how much I relish that compendium?) volume 3, on the digitised version of which I’m now working, Jethro instructs Moses to delegate (recapitulating the scene from Exodus 18). Moses wants nominations from the floor, but reserves to…

Trappist Origins

Over the holiday I took a lead from Fr Robin’s recommendation and read the Abbé Henri Huvelin’s Some Spiritual Guides of the Seventeenth Century; it was so captivating that I then cleaned it up (editorially — no need of censorship) and posted my fresh edition to the Internet Archive. You can download it from here,…

Back in the USA

Not me, I mean, but for my family and many of the people I love it’s Election Day. I’m part of the no-surprises population: if you’ve been paying attention to me for more than a month or so (well, make that two months since I’ve been posting actively) you know for whom I voted, you…

Sunday of Third

I think we have a lesson here. With days that begin with a mile-and-a-half run, cleaning up, Morning Prayer at 7:30, days full of prep, teaching, meetings, and marking, home at 18:30, dinner, and evening entertainment, blogging simply falls by the wayside. Okay, let’s add in doom-scrolling. We won’t know for another ten days, but…

Sunday of Second

For Brendan and Rosie’s wedding this summer, the first reading was taken from Gregory of Nazianzus’ Carmina 1.2.1. 262-275, 283-287. Brendan supplied a prose translation, but because your blogger here is that kind of guy, I felt impelled to look up the passage in Gregory’s original Greek and work it out for myself. Let it…