Saturday, February 07, 2009

This weekend's Marianne Moore

Hair should not be synonymous with a hurricane.

From "Dress and Kindred Subjects," in The Complete Prose of Marianne Moore, p. 597

Friday, February 06, 2009

Political quiz

Here's the quiz. It's rather long!

(Found here.)

My results:

My Political Views
I am a right moderate social libertarian
Right: 3.16, Libertarian: 1.93

Political Spectrum Quiz

My Foreign Policy Views
Score: -3.84

Political Spectrum Quiz

My Culture War Stance
Score: 2.7

Political Spectrum Quiz

Addendum : Longtime readers of this blog will note that my foreign policy views, especially, have changed since 2003.

Thursday, February 05, 2009


He never exactly obeyed you; he sometimes agreed with you.

C S Lewis on his dog Tim, in Surprised by Joy, p. 163

Monday, February 02, 2009

The Screwtape Letters

Recently re-read it after about 15 years. It retains its potency!

But I have one question, addressed to those who have also read the book. (And I'm trying to avoid spoilers out of consideration for those who haven't.) The fellow whom the devils were trying to ensnare -- did he marry the girl, or were they just engaged, or boyfriend/girlfriend? I could go back and re-read the relevant letters, but I don't feel like it. (I'm embarrassed by my faltering ability to retain even what I've just read!)

I'm under the impression that they were not married. Am I right, or did I miss some crucial phrase?


Mark Shea on Richard Williamson and his rad-trad supporters.

Sunday, February 01, 2009