Monthly Archives: July 2005

So this is sophistication

This exchange from Spinal Tap came to mind after reading that a city in Germany plans to install drive-in wooden “sex garages” in order to keep prostitution off the streets during the 2006 World Cup. DEREK [the bassist]: Now, I … Continue reading

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Mugg converses with God

Malcolm Muggeride in conversation with God: And you… I never caught any glimpse of you in any paradise, unless you were an old shoe-shine man on a windy corner in Chicago one February morning, smiling from ear to ear. Or … Continue reading

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What is Sin?

Sin is the desire for cheap goods. Sin is settling for second best.

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Reentering the Gulag

Every few years I re-read Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago for its chronicle of heroism and mind-boggling wickedness, its powerful phrasing, its uncompromising honesty and moral beauty, its vicious wit and wisdom. It describes the criminality and crushed lives, the rottenness, and … Continue reading

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A few words from Martin Luther

When the devil throws our sins up to us [Christians] and declares that we deserve death and hell, we ought to speak thus: “I admit that I deserve death and hell. What of it? Does this mean that I shall … Continue reading

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