Most important: Whit Stillman's Jane Austen adaptation, Love and Friendship, is here!
A roundup of obscure SNL sketches. Look, I most emphatically do not vouch for every sketch in this post, but I do recommend:
O.J. Jury Selection
Family Flix (the big girls and I watched this twice and howled like a Rocket Dog)
Beauty and the Beast. (Maybe this isn't funny, but I laughed a great deal.)
George Washington Returns
What's in a Name (if you can ignore Lady Gaga's bra).
Speaking of names, Brandon has a very good post about "God" as a Name, regarding the Wheaton professor who was fired after saying that Muslims and Christians worship the same god.
Brandon also has up a fascinating trio of posts about St. Paul's quotations of the pagan poets.
"We are his offspring."
"For in him we live and move and have our being."; "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”
“Bad company corrupts good character.”
ADDENDUM: "It is hard for you to kick against the goad."
If you have the stomach for horror movies, Eve Tushnet writes about the best of last year's horror movies, from a Catholic perspective. I have a sneaking desire to see Crimson Peak, but I couldn't do it in the theater. I can only watch horror movies at home, behind a pillow, with Darwin at my elbow, and then in bed with me afterward in case I hear noises at night. I don't care who knows I'm a wuss.
You can buy the habit for a new Anglican Catholic order of nuns.
|Photo of Julia Sherman, designer, by Julia Sherman, photographer.|
Trump: the Nikabrik candidate.
Speaking of things presidential, the Hottest Heads of State. And I have to say that Rutherford B. Hayes must have cut quite a dash when he was swanning around Delaware, OH (where his birthplace is now the site of a commemorative BP station).
Don't just go translating the Red Book of Westmarch and think that the Tolkien estate is going to have nothing to say about it.
"When I entered the Hobbit Studies program at the University of Chicago in 2003, I wasn’t planning to write my own translation. Like most of my peers, I was content to lead a quiet scholarly life, writing my dissertation on Adûni phonology and having friendly debates over second brunch about whether or not Balrogs have wings (they don’t). The best I really hoped for professionally were a few publication credits and a full-time lecturer job at a small Franciscan college." YEAH, I KNOW WHICH COLLEGE YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.
What would a linky post be without a little Hamilton action? This fall, Great Performances will be airing a documentary about the making of Hamilton, on PBS.
Here's Vulture's set of Hamilton posts, including an article about the Reynolds Pamphlet and a link so you can read the original yourself (speaking of Hamilton action).