So, two years ago today, just three weeks after my father-in-law died, my father died. (He would say it was just his body, so it was okay.) But still, he left a big hole in our lives.
When Jesus’ friend Lazarus died, Jesus wept, and of course we have all wept in the last two years. I really can’t write it even now.
I think Dad would say we have done a decent job of recovering, and to some degree we just haven’t had any choice. You do what you have to do, over and over and over. You never quite get everything done, you can’t pick up all of the wreckage.
Last week, in church, we read these words:
Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.
In the end, God repairs it all and makes it right. He completes his redemption of his creation. Finally, forever.
Now, though, we wait, and we weep.
A couple of syllabi* from two well-known instructors.
More discussion at Dan Piepenbring, “W. H. Auden’s Potent Syllabus, and Other News” The Paris Review (Jan. 29, 2015) [link]; “W.H. Auden’s 1941 Literature Syllabus Asks Students to Read 32 Great Works, Covering 6000 Pages,” Open Culture (Feb. 28, 2013) [link]; Alan Jacobs, “Auden’s Syllabus,” Snakes and Ladders (Oct. 1, 2012) [link]; and “David Foster Wallace’s 1994 Syllabus: How to Teach Serious Literature with Lightweight Books,” Open Culture (Feb. 25, 2013) [link].
I particularly enjoy Wallace’s caution to his students not to think “this will be a blow-off-type class.” Auden does not seem to think any of his students will make that mistake.
*Apparently not with two “i”s.
I love this. Randall Munroe, “Curve-Fitting,” xkcd (Sept. 19, 2018) [link].
@Air4Cole @Jaguars #jumpmancole #DUUUVAL
Henceforth to be known as going “Full Cole.”
This is pretty funny. Matt Buchanan, “Maybe Just Don’t Drink Coffee,” Eater (June 8, 2018) [link]. Maybe just drink pretty good coffee without the high religious seriousness about it?
From Alan Jacobs at Snakes & Ladders:
1. “Reconsidering ‘Evangelical'” [link] and
2. “Accountable” [link]
And, continuing the conversation started by LeCrae and John Piper, from Raymond Chang, The Exchange:
3. “Open Letter to John Piper on White Evangelicalism and Multiethnic Relations” [link]
(for earlier parts of this conversation — called to my attention by my older daughter — see LeCrae’s conversation at Truth’s Table [link]; and Piper, “My Hopeful Response” [link]. If someone has the link to LeCrae’s written piece, please send it to me).
A sad statistical truth. A wonderful season. 112 days to go until Spring Training.
The pitching lines were impressive (except for poor Severino, who needed some chamomile tea or something):
Adam Roberts’ new novel The Real-Town Murders (2017) is more like the author’s Jack Glass (2012) than The Thing Itself (2015), in that it is plot-driven and accessible rather than idea-driven and deep. Roberts entertains with insight and ironic disapproval,* producing a very enjoyable blend of SF and whodunit, with most of the social commentary safely hidden under the hood.
*”And the government departments are still there, of course, because that’s how the inertia of history works. They still have legally mandated and budget-supported real power. So they mostly use that power in a series of jockeyings for position.”