"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
Enjoy the 19th-century anthropomorphic bears of William Holbrook Beard above and here. (Wonder what the Google Search will make of that?)
Bears were a pop culture phenomenon during the TR era. Perfessor Bill Edwards offers a playing of the early 1900s dance hit "Grizzly Bear" along with some fine sheet music cover art, if you scroll down a bit.
One of my favorite things about C.S. Lewis's "Surprised By Joy" is the way he describes how, before he knew the Lord, he gained a taste of divine joy through worldly things—like Norse myths or, if memory serves, a picture on a cookie tin.
I've experienced such a taste through my children. Random Penseur describes this phenomenon more eloquently than I.
Hence Samuel Johnson's prayer touches a chord: "I have now spent fifty-five years in resolving; having, from the earliest time almost that I can remember, been forming schemes of a better life. I have done nothing. The need of doing, therefore, is pressing, since the time of doing is short. O GOD, grant me to resolve aright, and to keep my resolutions, for JESUS CHRIST'S sake. Amen." (Via Derbyshire and TSO)
Perhaps the Euros see themselves as wise and sophisticated in the ways of the world in a way the cowboy Americans are not. But is it also possible the Euros act out of a now-permanent adolescent irresponsibility, shorn of a sense of consequences, now that the US is the world's one and only superpower, required, as they are not, to "feel the balance of things in its hands"?
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Previously when I thought "pants" I thought Fred Mertz, but now I'll think SandyBerger.
Fr. Rutler recalls a similar mishap involving the Book of Kells:To my surprise, I later found several major illuminated pages in my socks.
TNR Editor-in-Chief Martin Peretz weighs in on Berger, Joe Wilson &c.