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View From Your Table

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

That’s the hand of my daughter Nora, celebrating her 7th birthday today with a pizza. We’d had cake at lunchtime, then went to see Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (I slept through the whole thing, right there in the theater; thanks, mono!), and then went to Best Buy to buy Nora the Kindle Paperwhite she wanted. She’s been doing this unctuous Eddie Haskell thing for a week now, telling us all the reasons why a Kindle would be a good birthday present, e.g., “And I wouldn’t have to worry about paper cuts any more, and, um, I could get Bibles on it!” Enough already, kid, you’re getting the dang Kindle. She’s in bed now, reading the first Harry Potter on it, happy as a clam. A bibliophilic clam. We had pizza at a joint that has first-rate pies, but an ultra-stupid name: Schlittz & Giggles. Man, that pizza was delicious.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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