Years ago I cringed when I saw that the Onion sells a t-shirt with the slogan, "I appreciate
the Muppets on a much deeper level than you." My friend John
and I had just been discussing the Muppets' sly use of metafictional
The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania reports that "Victim One," the first of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky's alleged sex-abuse victims, has been subject to intense bullying by his high-school classmates, who blame him for head coach Joe Paterno's firing.
If you want to read interesting on-the-ground reporting on the Occupy movement, you could do a lot worse than following Ezra Silk. The young writer--son of academic and religion blogger extraordinaire Mark Silk--has been traveling around to different protests and covering them from within.
A couple issues ago the Century ran an article
by Matt Fitzgerald of Wellesley Hills UCC in Massachusetts, a church
approached by a movie studio that needed a space rental to shoot an
upcoming Adam Sandler movie.
Along with my work at the Century, I work part-time as a church musician (at Christ Lutheran on Chicago's northwest side). While my writing/blogging is in general less ministry-oriented than that of many other Century contributors, I do get into worship and music stuff from time to time.
A good point from James Fearon: A while back, Jon Hunstman talked to David Weigel
about his serious love for Captain Beefheart, a recording artist about
five clicks too polarizingly odd for most presidential candidates (of
either party) to admit to ever having even heard.
The Catholic bishops' media-relations director: "While the general
population has debated whether it's nurture or nature that leads to a
homosexual inclination, the church has not posed any theory in that
I'm all for biblical literacy.
I think it's embarrassing when the White House press secretary publicly misattributes a proverb to the Bible,
especially when it's such a classic of the Bible-misattribution genre: "God
helps those who help themselves."
In a Century article
published this week, Benjamin Dueholm explains why politicians of
Michele Bachmann's ilk do well in the swing states of the upper Midwest.
He starts with the fact that Bachmann and Garrison Keillor are from the
same small Minnesota town.
The other day I left the office around lunchtime and walked over to the Occupy Chicago gathering outside the Board of Trade. At the corner waiting for the light to change, I stood next to a protest drummer who fit the stereotype well: unshorn, unkempt and not much over 20.