And Now… Adoption

We had been married about two years, and things were truckin’ right along, when my wife Rachel said to me, “I think it’s time for us to have a baby.” My eyes widened and pupils dilated a little bit. “What? Really? Are you sure? Are we ready to take care of a baby?” Clearly, I was a little apprehensive. But More …

Remembering Hugh Hefner, Pioneer in the Marketing of Meat and Meat-Related Products

One of the most insidious lies of the progressive left is the one about “the arc of history.” Whenever anyone uses that phrase, the unspoken premise they’re trying to push on you is that the course of history is set, and its end point is already determined. Any time the culture changes in a liberal direction, it’s because such change was More …

We’re About to Send a Crazy Man to the Senate, and I’ve Never Been Prouder to be an Alabamian

Roy Moore won the runoff for the Republican nomination for Senate in Alabama. He won after being outspent by his primary opponent, Luther Strange, by a margin of 5 to 1. And he’s probably going to win the general election by about 20 points. (I love the post-runoff speculation by people who haven’t been right about anything in about two More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown! – The August Review: The Beginning of the End

Here, I’m forced to be brutally honest with myself. Any hope I had of winning this contest was always a lie. I had a great August; I read six books (six!), most of them really good. And I didn’t make up any ground at all. JASON READ: RACHEL READ: The Connected Child The Sound of Gravel Surely You’re Joking, Mr. More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – The Kingdom of Speech

This book takes the pole position for Best Book I’ve Read This Year. What’s it about? Well, it’s a brief overview of the history of linguistics, and an explanation of how the existence human speech exposes a major gap in Darwin’s theory of evolution, a gap that causes Darwinists no end of consternation. Sounds like gripping page-turner, right? Actually, it More …

The Comic Book Force Field Theory of the Trump Presidency

Comic books take place in a world that’s like our own, but with some key, crucial differences. It’s a world that has science and technology, but it’s different from from the science and technology that we know. For instance, it’s a world where the phrase “radioactive spider” makes perfect sense. Where you can apparently buy a miniaturized nuclear reactor at More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!

I had heard tales of legendary physicist Richard Feynman: the carousing, the womanizing, the crazy pranks. The frequent trips to Las Vegas, where I imagined the craps tables were no match for the genius who helped build the first atomic bomb. So naturally I was interested in Feynman’s autobiography; I wanted to get the inside scoop on all these shenanigans. More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – The Four Loves

This just in: C.S. Lewis is the man. The Four Loves is Lewis’ treatise on four categories of love: affection, friendship, eros (wink, wink), and charity. It is, for Lewis, typically insightful, typically profound, and typically compelling. It’s a short book, but dense. And like I tend to do with Lewis books, I marinated in every page, soaking in the More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – The Apostle

This was a really good book that I didn’t like. It’s weird, but I don’t know how else to say it. When I got this book, I was hoping it would humanize Paul and provide all the little details about his era that would make his whole story come to life, that would put meat on the bones of historical More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown! – The July Review: A Slow Month, Relatively

It was an incredibly busy month for our family. Which meant that Rachel didn’t get to read at her normal blistering pace. It also meant that I was unable to take advantage of her slowdown. She only read three books, but she extended her lead! I have brought shame upon myself. JASON READ: RACHEL READ: The Apostle Chosen for Greatness More …

The Failure of Obamacare, the Failure of Obamacare Repeal, and the Coming Kid Rock Presidency

The Trump presidency hasn’t really changed much about Washington. What it has done is unmask and throw into sharp relief the sad state of felonious crapitude the place was already in. The people that are going most out of their minds over Trump are the people who most desperately want to keep things going the way they have been. To More …

Resisting the Siren Call of “Play With Me!”

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t claim to be a parenting expert, but I do have a plan. It’s not a set-in-stone kind of plan where any deviation could bring destruction and ruin. I’m not building a hydroelectric dam; I’m raising kids, and I hope that my parenting style can adapt and grow along with them. And now may be More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown! – The May/June Review

And so we enter the dog days of summer. And the days are so dogged that I’m having to do two months of contest review at once. What’s the review? In a nutshell: more of the same. Rachel read more books than me. Jason Read: Rachel Read: Think Like a Freak The Nightingale President Me Cold Sassy Tree On Writing More …

Fixing Health Insurance in One Blog Post

As the Congressional Republicans continue to treat health insurance law the way a monkey treats a typewriter, one of the stories we keep hearing is how so very hard this process is. Healthcare regulation is hard and heath insurance is complicated and, man, unwinding this Obamacare thing is so difficult that we just don’t know if we’ll be able to More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

You ever meet somebody who can just analyze something to death? You know that type I mean. He can spend an hour before dinner outlining themes of loss and abandonment in Iron Man 2 and an hour after dinner discussing how post-millennial masculinity is defined by Spider-Man and Ross from Friends. I find that people like that, while often full More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – Prayers for the Assassin

In the course of this epic reading competition, I’m going to end up reading a number of books that are just, “meh.” It’s the law of averages; they can’t all be gems. Prayers for the Assassin is one of those books that falls firmly in the “meh” category. A thriller set in a near-future America that has been converted to More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – Born Standing Up

 Born Standing Up is Steve Martin’s reminiscence of the beginning of his career — from his first job selling maps at Disneyland to his time as the number one concert draw in the history of stand-up. He describes it not as an autobiography, but as a biography of someone he used to know. That’s about right. And it reads like More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – On Writing

This is probably Stephen King’s most respected book. In fact, I can’t think of any other Stephen King book that would be considered “respected.” Popular, yes. Wildly successful, sure. Really, really long, no doubt. Plentiful, without question. And did I mention long? How does he write so much, anyway? But this book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, appears on More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – President Me

Adam Carolla is a funny man, so if you enjoy his style of comedy you’re going to get your money’s worth of laughs out of this book (especially if you get it on sale for two bucks like I did; bargain hunter, yo!). But having said that, I have to say that the book wasn’t everything I hoped it would be. President More …

Watching “13 Reasons Why” Will Not Make You a Better Parent

Please note off the top that this is not a review of 13 Reasons Why. I haven’t watched the show and have no plans to watch it. But a lot of people have been watching it, and talking about it. It ended up on my radar, which is markedly free of must-watch TV shows (Tell me more about this “Sopranos.” It’s about singers, right?), because More …