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    "I Did It All For The Glory Of [Me]"

    In recent years, nearly every personal newspaper, magazine, or internet piece has been written written by someone “who is working on a memoir,” “has just completed a memoir,” or “is thinking about writing a memoir.” While some of these pieces are very good, most are unmemorable, becoming indistinguishable from previous entries within moments after reading. […]

    David Foster Wallace on Fear, Love and American Males

    From the short story “Good Old Neon” by David Foster Wallace, collected in Oblivion. Narrator posthumously (sadly, foretellingly) recounts his meetings with his psychotherapist: “For instance, it turned out that one of his basic operating premises was the claim that there were really only two basic, fundamental orientations a person could have toward the world, […]

    Don’t Throw Rhat . . .

    Romans 5:20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass . . . . Overheard last night during debate between ESPN college football analyst Mark May and former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz about South Carolina’s play call late in its game last Saturday versus Kentucky, which resulted in a game ending interception: May: […]

    Objects in the Rear View Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

    Autobiographies are often unreliable, as we have long suspected and as new research now confirms. According to a Monday NY Times article by Benedict Carey, entitled Why Indiscretions Appear Youthful, not surprisingly, most people actually see themselves as morally righteous, at least in the present. And, if we do perceive a time that our morality […]

    Universality, Sympathy, and Synecdoche, New York

    This comes to us from Mockingbird contributor Ron Flowers: syn·ec·do·che: A figure of speech in which (among others) a part is used for the whole. Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Synecdoche, New York The film was Charlie […]

    It’s A Miserable Life? It’s Wonderful Life!

    An interesting article appeared last Christmas in the New York Times entitled, “It’s A Wonderful Life? It’s A Miserable Life!”. It nails certain aspects of that classic movie, but ignores (perhaps purposefully) some of the Gospel-related themes. Two particularly potent examples stuck out to me: (1) “Now as for that famous alternate-reality sequence: This is […]