1. Right now, in St. Francisville, Louisiana, the Walker Percy Weekend is kicking off. I’m not there. 😦
But I can’t really complain because, 1) I’m just back from five days with my family on the Texas Gulf Coast (which is why blogging has been a little slow here) and 2) I’m drinking a bourbon, neat, and reading The Last Gentleman.
I think that I’ll do my own Walker Percy Fest over the next week, since I’ve had a couple of Percy-related ideas for posts kicking around in my head for a while. Percy, of course, is a favorite of the Catholic Right and, of course, I read him a little differently than they do. If you want a taste for how the next week will go, here’s a post I did about a year ago on his famous essay on bourbon: “Bourbon, Bad and Good”
2. A Letters to the Catholic Right contest! Which is the worst sentence Crisis Magazine has published in the past two weeks?
Contender 1, from Michael J. Healy’s “Marrying Your Porn-Laden Computer?”:
Healy, in an article that has to break some record for strawmen per word, is talking about a man who (yeah, yeah) is claiming a right to marry his computer. He writes:
“His arguments are the familiar ones for the subjectivist definition of marriage, i.e., that marriage has no other nature than the one I as private individual assign to it.”
Contender 2, from Rachel Lu’s “Is the Left Waging a War on Religion?”:
Lu, responding to Peter Beinart’s argument that, no, the left is not waging a war on religion, takes special exception to his use of John Kerry and Barack Obama as examples of religious politicians from the left.
She writes: “Most serious Christians I know regard these men’s public professions of faith as crass opportunism.”
Which is worse? Healy’s strawman or Lu’s presumption to speak for “serious Christians”? Tough call.
3. Cheers, Wisconsin! Or, I guess, On Wisconsin!
— David Badash (@davidbadash) June 6, 2014