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Posts in category “Culture”

Don Draper Returns for One Last Shot at Salvation

After Sunday night’s premier of season seven of “Mad Men” aired, the …

Posted April 15th, 2014

The Sharing Economy’s Undead Capital, and Its Discontents

Out in the LED-lit, LEED-certified halls of Silicon Valley, the past few …

Posted April 14th, 2014

What Austen Taught Me

Many view Jane Austen as a decidedly “feminine” writer. And it’s true: …

Posted April 12th, 2014

Brendan Eich, Game of Thrones, and the Headaches of New Rulers

Winning wars, cultural or military, is much simpler than keeping the subsequent peace.

Posted April 10th, 2014

Captain America Skips Politics, Stays Personal

America’s hero struggles to apply Christian forgiveness to international conflict.

Posted April 10th, 2014

Brendan Eich: First on the New Blacklist

“There is a gay mafia,” said Bill Maher, “if you cross them …

Posted April 8th, 2014

Mozilla and the Art of Culture War

In the first paragraph of Mozilla’s blog post announcing Brendan Eich’s resignation, …

Posted April 7th, 2014

Thoreau vs. St. Benedict: How We “Opt Out” Matters

“Homesteading” has come back into vogue—but it’s not the old, federal-grant-fueled farming …

Posted April 5th, 2014

What Would Tocqueville Say About #CancelColbert?

Suey Park, a 23-year-old self-professed activist known on Twitter for the hashtag …

Posted April 4th, 2014

Vladimir Putin, Christian Crusader?

In his Kremlin defense of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin, even before …

Posted April 4th, 2014

Fighting Income Inequality With Friendship

Richard Beck wrote Tuesday on friendship at his blog, Experimental Theology, arguing that …

Posted April 2nd, 2014

Hobby Lobby vs. the Order of Justice

A healthy government will carve out space for a just society, not impose one.

Posted March 29th, 2014

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”: Ode to a World That Once Was

Wes Anderson’s latest is an homage to Austria before the ravages of WWI

Posted March 28th, 2014

A Stillborn Child Leads to a Murder Charge—With Threat of Life in Prison

We are merciless out of desire to blame others for the world’s hardness and tragedy.

Posted March 28th, 2014

The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Played

Every Sunday, the rector of my church appends a brief note of …

Posted March 27th, 2014

The Perils of Workplace Purges

When the losing side of a debate is blacklisted, all disputes become wars of annihilation.

Posted March 27th, 2014

Why Do Americans Drink Coffee?

The way you drink, where you drink, how you drink—all becomes part of your persona.

Posted March 27th, 2014