tara isabella burton, “the destroyer”

Tara Isabella Burton is one of the sharpest religion writers out there (here’s her Vox page), but she’s also a damn good fiction writer. I have longed for years to say, at year’s end, that I have read a novel...

/ February 8, 2018

my neighbor totoro

We just watched the movie My Neighbor Totoro for the first time a few months ago, and Lauren Wilford describes why it’s so great: All this may make it sound like I’m making an “eat your vegetables” argument for watching My...

/ February 7, 2018

science should be more political, not less

I just came upon Ari Schulman’s excellent essay in The Hedgehog Review about trying to make science less political: What we need is not a depoliticized science but a more political science—that is, a science unembarrassed about the legitimate role of politics in...

/ February 6, 2018

farewell to facebook

For years, Zuckerberg and Facebook have tromped through the technology landscape and demolished everything that stood in the way. This was done without any reprisal, without any consequence. In fact, each time the company destroyed a competitor, or found a...

/ February 5, 2018

choosing our limitations

Andrew Russell has a fine piece at The Rabbit Room on limitations and our recent infatuation with “community”: if we look at the ways in which we’re currently trying to “live in community,” we’ll discover that we’re attempting to get...

/ February 2, 2018

How the plea deal sausage gets made

Justin Fenton has a great story from a few months ago exploring how plea deals happen in Baltimore City: Ninety-three percent of felony convictions in Baltimore are the result of plea deals — and some three-quarters of them are taken...

/ February 1, 2018

Andrew Osenga, “The Painted Desert”

This year, I’m hoping to keep this blog more active with short posts about stories and essays I’ve been reading, but I also want to share more music. I love writing and listening to music and there’s a lot of...

/ January 31, 2018

pro-life, anti-abortion, and a consistent ethic of anything

I’ve gotten a lot of responses to my post on the main site from the other day, specifically questioning the idea that “pro-life” ought to be circumscribed to mean only anti-abortion policies. My main points (which I would still consider...

/ January 8, 2018

what about Christian healthcare sharing ministries?

I get asked fairly frequently for my opinion about Christian healthcare sharing ministries. I’ve not had very many patients who use them, so I don’t have a lot of experience from the provider side. However, my wife and I used...

/ October 17, 2017

letting dying people die is not the same as killing them

Ian Tuttle asks some very good ethical questions in the case of Charlie Gard, the British infant with a rare mitochondrial disease whose parents have been forbidden by the courts from taking their child to the U.S. for experimental treatment:...

/ June 30, 2017