My Day at The Masters – A Tour of the Finest Public Bathrooms in Augusta, GA

You have to enter a lottery to even get a chance to buy tickets to the Masters. My Dad has entered every year for the last twenty years and never hit. Until this year, when a woman wearing a sundress and white gloves, cradling a manicured toy poodle in one arm, reached into an upturned homburg hat and pulled out More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – Flowers for Algernon

This is one of those books that’s prominent enough in the world of books that everybody kind of knows what it’s about even if he hasn’t read it. More …

News Commentary from a Guy Who’s Just Barely Paying Attention – Obamacare Repeal Fail

The story of this past week has been the failure of the Republicans in Congress to pass the American Health Care Act, otherwise known as the Obamacare “repeal and replace” bill. Mainstream media outlets varied in their description of the severity of this failure, from “career-ending debacle for Paul Ryan” to “cataclysmic event the earth has not seen since a More …

You Can Judge a Book by Its Cover

Douglas Wilson hits on one of my most peevish pet peeves: the nonsense of the cliche “you can’t judge a book by it’s cover.” But the way we dress is communication. What we are doing is communicating, and then insulting as a bigot anybody who is stupid enough to believe what we just said.

The Last Mr. Anderson

When I was a kid, I never would’ve dreamed of calling my parents’ friends by their first names. Everyone who looked older than a high school senior was “Mr.” this or “Miss” that. First names were only used when accompanied by an honorific like “Uncle” or “Nanny.” (You’ve never heard someone call his grandmother something like “Nanny June” or “Nanny Dee”? Well, More …

Tim Keller Makes Sense

Here’s Tim Keller absolutely killing it in a talk for Google entitled, “Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical“:

Christians Are Not Required to be Wimps

I typically like to comment on the articles I link to, but my only comment on this one would be, “I agree with all of this“: I have long observed that an alarming swath of public evangelicals seems to be driven by a consuming desire to be liked by the world. … To their minds, they are trying to be More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – Shepherding a Child’s Heart

Knowing what I know about reviews of things on the internet and the people who take the trouble to write them, it was these reviews that made me think that this was probably my kind of book. More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – American Gods

 I wanted to read something from Neil Gaiman oeuvre because my wife had read and enjoyed his The Graveyard Book, and because he wrote stories in a neighborhood that interests me: where the real world bumps up against the fantastical. So, basically at random (and/or because it was on sale), I picked out American Gods. And as a result, I don’t More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – A Whole Bunch of Narnia Books

Most of the time I plan on reviewing books individually, but in this case they kind of demanded to be grouped together. These books – Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, and The Last Battle — are the last four books in C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series. I read these particular books from the series because, More …

The Realest Realist

“First thing’s first, I’m the realest.”
— Early 21st century poet and philosopher Iggy Azalea

A while back, I was having a discussion with my spiritual adviser and brother-in-law Jeremy about the similarities between the Christian church and Apple Computers. More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown! – The (Way Too Late) February Review

Let me first say that the lateness of this review has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that Rachel took a two-book lead on me. So, anyway, here’s the February split: Jason Read: Rachel Read: Prince Caspian Small Great Things The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Shepherding a Child’s Heart The Silver Chair Home: A Memoir of My Early Years More …

The Dumbest Thing I’ll Do Today – Asking the DeVos Question

Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve always said, “Never get involved in an argument on Facebook.” Actually, what I said when I was a little boy was, “Never drop a frog down the pants of the town crier,” but the principle is the same. So, I feel like this is a mistake before I do it. But, so More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown! – January Review

The first month is down in my contest with my wife to see who can read the most books this year, and I am, amazingly, tied for the lead. This is probably the last month I’ll be able to say that, because while Rachel is just going at her normal reading pace, I’m going balls-to-the-wall, literarily speaking. There’s not much chance More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – The Forever War

If you like your science fiction techno action with a healthy dose of Vietnam-era nihilistic futility, The Forever War is the book for you. Originally published in 1974, it tells the story of a man, conscripted into a future Earth army, who is sent to the farthest reaches of the galaxy to fight a mysterious alien enemy. Thing is, since More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – What If?

You know that web comic XKCD? It’s funny. And the guy who writes it, one Randall Munroe, is a pretty bright dude. So bright, in fact that people have taken to asking him all kinds of crazy sciency-physics-type questions just so they can hear his answers, which are serious, but only in a cartoon kind of way. Munroe has collected More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – The Art of Smart Football

Do you lie awake at night wondering what the difference is between the “veer” and the “inverted veer”? Do you try to memorize the details of the Don Coryell pass route tree for no good reason? Do you often find yourself trying to work the term “mesh point” into everyday conversation? Well, friend, I have a book for you! The More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – The Undoing Project

The Undoing Project is the latest book from Michael Lewis, the author of lots and lots of good and very successful books like Moneyball and The Big Short. He’s set a pretty high bar, but it’s safe to say that his latest is not his best effort. The Undoing Project tells the tale of two Israeli psychologists, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, their More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – Icons of Evolution

Book review number one this year is for Icons of Evolution, by Jonathan Wells. In this surprisingly readable book, the author walks you through several of the examples that are commonly used as proof of Darwinian evolution (the titular “icons of evolution”) and explains how they may not exactly cut the mustard, scientifically speaking. It turns out that biology textbooks More …

Things We Could Do Better in 2017

As a compliment to my “Best of 2016” post, I thought about doing a “Worst of 2016” post. But then I decided that my web server probably doesn’t have enough storage space for a post that enormous. Also, “Worst of” anything is kind of a downer, and who wants that going into the promise of a new year? Instead, I More …