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Grace at SantaLand: Why David Sedaris Is My Favorite Advent Reading

This one was written by Jonathan Sanchez. It’s a bit of a weird choice for an Advent meditation, I’ll admit–the last entry of “SantaLand Diaries” by David Sedaris. Honestly, though, I’ve read those two pages so many times, I know them by heart. In the great Christmas stories, there’s a lot of dark stuff. Scrooge […]

Another Week Ends: Capitalist Christians, Parents Teaching Achievement (Not Empathy), Post-Penitent Pantene, Sedaris’s Journey to the Ends of the Law (and Back), Antinomian Aucklanders, and Crooked-Timber Anthropology

1. The New York Times hosted a debate asking the question of whether capitalism has become incompatible with Christianity. It’s a pretty interesting forum, and some highlights with commentary are below: [Gary Dorrien, Union:] The field I teach, social ethics, was founded in the late 19th century as a protest against capitalist ideology. American social gospel […]

Ira Glass on Failure, Empathy and the Importance of Being Wrong

In her now sadly defunct “Wrong Stuff” series on Slate, Kathryn Schulz, the author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, interviewed high-profile artists, academics and others about the experience of being wrong. If you haven’t read her Q&A with the late Chuck Colson (of Watergate and Prison Fellowship fame), it’s a great […]

What Air Rage Says About Human Nature: David Sedaris on Delayed Flights and Pecan-Frosted Wraps

A brilliant and characteristically hilarious piece by David Sedaris in The New Yorker, “Standing By”, in which our hero reflects on the universal crabbiness that air travel seems to generate. But what could at first be construed as an elitist, bicoastal riff on the hoi-polloi, goes much deeper, and not just in its self-deprecation or […]