“I think writing can only be taught by much reading of really good authors or by much hearing of very good spoken English,” a scholar wrote to me. She feared for “the next generation of writers who grew up texting.”
It baffles me that self-consciously orthodox Catholics so blithely accuse Pope Francis of heresy. Catholic claims about the papacy, however qualified, are a high-wire act.
Writing directly about what one knows, without trying to impress anyone, produces the most interesting and enjoyable writing.
The passion for not masking has led to some Christians making ridiculous claims about Providence to justify not wearing one.
The world does not like seriously religious people, like conservative rural white American Christians and like the Ultra-Orthodox Jews.
As I write, the local bishop has removed all the sacraments from the people and closed all the churches...
Most Americans assume some people in power must be the good guys, people who can do something to fix things.
- Karl Keating