Links: 2 November 2016

Are book collectors real readers, or just cultural snobs? | Aeon Essays. “Digital reading, like the perusing of ancient scrolls, constitutes an important statement about who we are. Like the public readers of Martial’s Rome, the avid readers of text messages and other forms of social media appear to be everywhere. Though in both cases the performers of reading are tirelessly constructing their self-image, the identity they aspire to establish is very different. Young people sitting in a bar checking their phones for texts are not making a statement about their refined literary status. They are signalling that they are connected and – most importantly – that their attention is in constant demand.”

Recycling: Can It Be Wrong, When It Feels So Right? | Cato Unbound

Nicholas Wolterstorff’s Cheap Shots | Wesley Hill | First Things.

Queen Offers to Restore British Rule Over United States – The New Yorker. “This two-hundred-and-forty-year experiment in self-rule began with the best of intentions, but I think we can all agree that it didn’t end well.”

“The NHL’s “loser point” is the stupidest rule in sports.” Preach it!

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About Benj

I’m a native North Jerseyan, living and learning in Eastern Europe…an Old Testament professor and former liturgist…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth…eldest sibling to three, brother-in-law to Josh and Hannah…uncle to Marshall.
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