April 9, 2008

What The Essayists Are Saying

"Culture being a pursuit of our total perfection
by means of getting to know,
on all the matters which most concern us,
the best which has been thought and said..."

- Matthew Arnold: Culture and Anarchy

I track about 220 blogs on a regular basis. Among these are 25 sites that I categorize as "The Essayists;" bloggers working in the long form. From time to time, I'll be doing a compilation of links to recent essays on these sites.


neo-neocon looks at the melding of news and opinion | "News sources are collapsing in on themselves, and pretty soon we may be left with just the AP and CNN, and Al Jazeera. And then don't be surprised if those three merge some day."
Jonathan Brink contemplates leaving a church @ Missio Dei | "We hold out hope amidst the questions, and yet the problem proves it will not resolve it self. And so we wake up one morning and realize that we must give our selves permission to say no."
Snoflake shares "a white guy's sort of insider thoughts on race" | "I’m a white guy with a black wife and son and as such somewhat connected to the black community of my town...."
Wretchard @ The Belmont Club looks at the fantasy of Iraq withdrawal | "Where does one fit in activities like spying on the enemy, misleading them, debating them, killing them, building indigenous forces against them and criticizing -- where necessary -- their religion? How feasible is it to do this from Kuwait?"
Robert Weissberg is concerned with "Tenure And The Litigation Culture" | "In the social sciences and humanities identity politics - Black Studies, Women's Studies - is a profitable tenure route given low scholarly standards and administrative reluctance to fire litigation-prone victims."
ShrinkWrapped continues his exegesis of The Arab Mind with Part IX | "Narcissism and Honor-Shame Dynamics"
Mark Steyn says it's last call for Hillary | "It's 3 a.m. Do you know where your campaign is?"
G. Bob is cracking wise in Naughty Gnosticism" with | "In paradise, you can eat pork products all day while having your body painted by a fairy princess. In San Francisco, they would ban the former while making the latter compulsory."
Sippican contemplates not a bust of Homer but the value of Shaker boxes | "Why so much for the little box? Because it's perfect, and sublime. When you can make an art photograph out of your object, you're generally on to something."
The Anchoress is reading Psalm 14 ... closely | "When I read the psalms of the Liturgy of the Hours, I will use the clear edge of a small prayer card to read one line at a time - to really try to eliminate distraction and read the word closely by using the transparent edge to hone in on the prayer's meaning."


Robert Kagan reminds us of the real meaning of "Neoconservatism" | "A potent moralism and idealism in world affairs, a belief in America's exceptional role as a promoter of the principles of liberty and democracy, a belief in the preservation of American primacy and in the exercise of power, including military power, as a tool for defending and advancing moralistic and idealistic causes, as well as a suspicion of international institutions and a tendency toward unilateralism."

And so say we all.

Posted by Vanderleun at April 9, 2008 4:53 PM
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I appreciate the link to Shrinkwrapped.

Posted by: dr kill at April 10, 2008 5:43 AM

I just dropped by to commend Gerard on his good taste, but I can't think of a way to do it tasefully.

Posted by: sippican cottage at April 10, 2008 6:04 AM

We at Liberty Peak Lodge are honored to be included in this list. Thank you for stopping in and reading our contributions to the blogosphere.

Posted by: mdd at April 10, 2008 3:03 PM