So I went back to figure out what number of the Compendia this should be… and realized I haven’t posted a Compendium since August. No wonder I’ve got like 50 tabs open. So here are a smattering:
I want to buy this computer. I think I really will.
The American Chesterton Society has virtual meetings!! And they’re on Mondays! I might have to participate one of these coming months… (Kudos to my sissy for the link!)
What kind of book reader are you? The Atlantic Wire will tell you. I think I’m a chronological reader:
You are the tortoise to the promiscuous reader's distracted-at-any-turn hare. You buy a book, you read it. You buy another, you read it. Perhaps you borrow a book at the library. You read it, and then you return it, and you get another, which you will read. You may not remember where you began, what the first book that kicked it all off was, and you likely have no idea where you'll end, but the point is, you will go through each book methodically and reasonably, until it is done. You might discard a book, but only if there is very good cause, and it will bring you a sense of deep unease, so you'll probably pick it back up and finish it anyway. You are very good at puzzles, and the most reliable of all your friends.
A friend of mine directed me to the blog How to Talk Evangelical. It’s fascinating: A writer unpacking some of the “Christianese” we tend to toss around so freely within the church. (Sometimes without quite understanding it.)
Forbes can tell you five signs an amateur is lying. (I don’t know what would give away a hardened liar.)
Amen to this: Let’s all find the courage to put away our cameras.
In our amazing era of digital immediacy, I can tell the world where I am and what I’m doing while I’m doing it. I can present myself as a busy man living a rich and full life. I can take pictures of my meals, log my locations, snap photos of the people I’m with, and weigh in on what’s happening around the globe 140 characters at a time. But none of these things mean I’ve been paying attention.
This church welcome message is worth duplicating.
How to pick your vacation reading: An infographic, via a friend of mine.
Via my old editor: A bunch of journal pages expressly designed to prompt writing (and they’re free).
A writer I respect very much wrote this book review of “The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After,” so I went out and got the book from the library. And enjoyed it very much!
Elizabeth Kantor has taken the trouble to think through a serious answer—to wit, Jane Austen “is the cure” for our modern disillusionment about happiness in marriage. Specifically, what keeps us coming back for more is the dignity, elegance, and sheer competence of the Austen heroine’s pursuit of happy love.
And for your video pleasure: A clever public service announcement.