Uncategorized – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Sat, 20 May 2017 00:31:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 In my dying time http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/09/21/in-my-dying-time/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/09/21/in-my-dying-time/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2015 23:48:01 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4646 So I’ll just begin with an admission that I know it’s crazy and macabre and most certainly narcissistic. What I’ve been doing in my essays lately, however, is forgetting, for just a little while, that someone might read them. Just to see what happens. To push the boundaries and whatnot. And when I set aside …

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On concession http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/08/07/on-concession/ Wed, 07 Aug 2013 05:09:18 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3695 Some of you may like my latest essay on the Image “Good Letters” channel at Patheos. Others of you may hate it with a fiery burning hatred. Here’s an excerpt: It was an offering. I understand why you are afraid of men who look like me. All he asked in return was an equivalent offering. Please understand …

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Gays, Boy Scouts, and dogma http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/02/04/gays-boy-scouts-and-dogma/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/02/04/gays-boy-scouts-and-dogma/#comments Tue, 05 Feb 2013 04:17:51 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3607 The Boy Scouts of America is considering an end to its prohibition against homosexual troop leaders, deferring that decision to local councils. Sexual molestation! cry opponents, and so into the breach rushes the conscientious journalist, whose moral obligation is to remind readers of the evidence that homosexuals are no more prone to molestation than heterosexuals. …

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Literally small-minded http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/01/30/literal/ Thu, 31 Jan 2013 01:18:57 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3596 Granted, playwright turned conservative-screed artist David Mamet lately comes across like that kid in philosophy class who just got hold of Atlas Shrugged and believes everyone should read it immediately. Still, he’s not an idiot. Which is what makes Ta-Nehisi Coates’s critique of Mamet’s recent gun rights essay so, well, idiotic. Consider the paragraph that particularly …

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Problem-rushers http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/12/04/problem-rushers/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/12/04/problem-rushers/#comments Tue, 04 Dec 2012 18:14:13 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3581 We’re trying to find an office manager, and so I’ve had to articulate what makes for a good employee. This is a treacherous and particularized endeavor, because the people who appear to be good employees for other bosses would likely drive me crazy to the point of pushing them from a window, and this is …

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Voting is its own revenge http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/11/06/voting-is-its-own-revenge/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/11/06/voting-is-its-own-revenge/#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2012 11:42:44 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3565 On Election Day, it helps to keep in mind who is to blame for the mess we’re in. Which reminds me to share with you an excerpt from my most recent essay at Image‘s Patheos channel: “Sports talk is well suited to politics because it is unburdened by thoughtfulness, and because it is tribal. We …

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Conflict of Visions http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/09/17/conflict-of-visions/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/09/17/conflict-of-visions/#comments Mon, 17 Sep 2012 18:49:36 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3525 I suppose the Constitution has seen better times. Time Magazine asked last year if it’s still relevant, a former Speaker of the House scoffed at the notion that a radical expansion of federal power might be forbidden by it, and a fair portion of Americans can’t tell you the first thing about its contents. We’ve …

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Why Journalists Fail http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/09/13/why-journalists-fail/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/09/13/why-journalists-fail/#comments Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:11:00 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3502 Let me run a theory about men and women by you. Your job is to tell me if you think the New York Times would print it: The reason that women economically outperform men—women in their 20s outearn their male counterparts, and hold well over half the jobs in many of the nation’s fastest growing …

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The cowardice of the Chronicle http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/05/09/the-cowardice-of-the-chronicle/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/05/09/the-cowardice-of-the-chronicle/#comments Wed, 09 May 2012 12:58:04 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3406 So The Chronicle of Higher Education has seen fit to fire Naomi Schaefer Riley for criticizing the state of what passes for “Black Studies” in American universities. There’s no need to break that down here, Jonathan Last has a telling analysis of what motivated the firing, namely, the Chronicle’s decidedly left-wing readers and staff writers …

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On the virtues of snake-killing http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/01/31/on-the-virtues-of-snake-killing/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/01/31/on-the-virtues-of-snake-killing/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:36:34 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3352 Some of you know about my long-running battles with snakes. You’ll understand, therefore, why I so appreciate Jonah Goldberg’s jeremiad against snake-enabling military-industrial complexes, and beyond that, his bloody-minded willingness to harness good old American entrepreneurial violence in order to kill the big ones. An excerpt: “You see, I don’t think we need a vast …

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