Vacation Reboot — Rebut

P.J. O’Rourke, in The Hollywood Reporter, tells us how he killed National Lampoon and why the Vacation remake sucks.

There are those who say that National Lampoon “changed the face of American humor.” It certainly put some wrinkles on mine. We published our last issue in November 1998.

What was so much fun about […]

Raphael, Rembrandt, Monet, Jones

Here is a great short doc on the evolution of the art of Chuck Jones…

From Every Frame a Painting

Civilization versus Man

This article that Matt referenced in the comments, Matt’s buddy’s article

spurred me to think a bit. Like the author in the article I have always been good at civilization. I can navigate modern cities well; I’m a wizz at public transportation, urban cycling, hailing taxis. I know which restaurants and fast food options […]

Shame on Him

As I like to tell my kids and students… every silver lining has a cloud. One of the clouds on the silver lining that has been the growth and expansion of America over the past 2 centuries has been the loss of community. There’s not enough time or space her to fully plumb those […]

They Both Kinds of Music: Country -- and Western.

Kenyan country artist “Sir Elvis”

Here is an interesting piece in The New York Times about the popularity of country music in, of all places, Kenya.

Sir Elvis, dressed in a yellow and black plaid shirt, jeans, boots and a black cowboy hat, tuned his guitar under the wooden roof and neon beer advertisements […]

Cultural Subsidence

While the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage last week seems revolutionary, especially coming a scant 12 years after its discovery to a right of homosexual sodomy in the Texas v. Lawrence case — it is really just the culmination of a process begun decades ago. As this blog post from Ancient Faith points out:

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Monday Open Thread

Review: Red Eye with Tom Shillue

Greg Gutfeld announced he was leaving Red Eye and the show began rotating different men and women in the host spot. On Greg’s last show, when this plan was announced, I turned to my wife (the lovely, Mrs. Firefly) and said, “Please don’t let Tom Shillue be the new host.”

We watched the ensuing […]

Review: The Greg Gutfeld Show

With his announcement he was leaving “Red Eye” and “Red Eye’s” ensuing hiatus I anxiously awaited the premiere of Greg Gutfeld’s new show, the eponymous, “Greg Gutfeld Show.” With so many weeks to prepare I expected great things and I was not disappointed.

Oops, I meant to write I was disappointed. I wanted to […]

Friday Open Thread

Chesterton, what more can I say? If you want a tour de force about what Christendom (and Christ) have met to the West and to the world in general, then this book will go a long way towards your education or reaffirmation. Chesterton is evergreen — as relevant now as ever.

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