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Steve Jobs Is My Co-Pilot?

Hopefully you saw Andy Crouch’s thoughtful piece in the Wall Street Journal this past weekend, “Steve Jobs, The Secular Prophet”, which explores the religious parallels that have become increasingly blatant (everywhere you look) in the days following Jobs’ death. I mentioned some bewilderment at the widespread emotional outpouring in Friday’s Another Week Ends column, and […]

Fail Harder: Why Big Business Wants Your Weakness

Let’s say you spied a rather large trophy on the mantle of a house you were visiting.  On its plaque read “Heroic Failure.” Where would you think it came from? I’d first guess a peewee sport, maybe an example of the unassailable over-affirmation of the weakling child who never caught the ball but was, you […]

An Exhausting Aggression: Alphas, Betas, and the Masters of the Universe

Despite what you hoped you might become, it’s generally just a matter of time before you find yourself finding yourself out. This is no big secret, that despite the narratives we love to spin about our experiences/relationships/(mis)demeanors, providence dependably illuminates who we really are–Full Monty style. This violent illumination, in turn, allows a person to […]

Another Week Ends: Christian Neurotics, Shrieking Children, Grunge-Love, Steve Jobs, and Idiot Brothers

At week’s end, despite the continued reverberations, ironic photo blogs, and miraculous happenings, all is still in post-quake Central Virginia! The Mockingbird offices remain in functional tact… 1) Over at First Things, and similarly confronting the stigmas of mental health as discussed in an earlier post this week, “The Christian Neurotic” ponders “neurosis” and its […]

Another Week Ends: More Forgiveness, Addiction and Maslow; Lying Pundits, Tolerance Cults, Googling Mormons, Santiago Casilla, Elvis, Tom Waits and Cookie Monster

1. On the subject of forgiveness, The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan posted a comment from one of his readers that gets at what I was trying to say in this week’s article, namely, that any attempt to tack a requirement or condition onto forgiveness (in the case of the HuffPo piece, repentance) robs it of […]

The Good Exception? A Reality Check on Anders Breivik (and other Murderous Minds)

A prescient interview in this past weekend’s Wall Street Journal with prison psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple, in which the good doctor discusses Norwegian bomber Anders Breivik, among other subjects. He outlines an unpopular but sympathetic point, reminiscent of David Brooks’ recent work: that the French Enlightenment may have done more harm than good when it comes […]

The Subjective Power of an Objective Gospel

This little reflection by Mbird’s Jacob Smith and David Zahl has made the rounds recently, first in Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology and second on The Gospel Coalition (where it generated quite the conversation!). We thought we’d repost it here for, you know, posterity: The great Southern novelist Walker Percy once asked in his […]

Another Week Ends: “You Look Good,” Ferris Bueller, and Other Lies…

It is both my privilege and pleasure to fill in for DZ this week! So here’s your Another Week Ends post, Bryan J. style! 1) A follow up to DZ’s great post on The Argumentative Theory of Reasoning, found here, another NYT article titled “Reason Seen More as Weapon than Path to Truth” continues to […]

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All or Nothing: The Problem with that little bit of Law

“Name Your Own Vacation” sounds like a wonderful benefit package. Who wouldn’t want to have the freedom to determine their own vacation time? It has always puzzled me how the  American worker survives with the paltry vacation allocation that most companies in N. America offer. (Back home in Singapore, 3 weeks of vacation is more […]

Most Likely To Measure Up (Or Not)

A gem of a report in the Wall Street Journal, “‘Most Likely To Succeed’ Burden,” detailing the psychological impact the label can have on its recipients. For some it appears to have compounded internal pressure to achieve, for others it appears to have highlighted their priorities in way that has proved sobering and helpful. Either […]

Don’t Worry, Be Happy… Or Else

“Is Happiness Overrated?” asks Shirley Wang in a recent Wall Street Journal article, surveying the results of a recent study at the University of Wisconsin. The findings revolve mainly around the distinction between hedonic  and eudaimonic well-being, aka, short-term vs. long-term happiness, pleasure vs fulfillment, etc. Of particular interest to us is that, while not […]

"Cathedral" Part One: An Alien Logic (Or "He Was No One I Knew")

For anybody who hasn’t read it, “Cathedral” (1982) is probably Raymond Carver’s most famous short story, and provides an endearing picture of what could be called a modern-day, suburban visitation from the upside-down world of grace. It begins, though, through the narrator’s lovable perspective, with the blatant understandability of such a thing to feel, well, […]