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 Excursus http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/05/19/excursus/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/05/19/excursus/#comments Sat, 20 May 2017 00:31:10 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5498 If you’re starting here, you might care to first read my new Wall Street Journal op-ed about the ruckus over Confederate monuments. If you started there, then welcome to here. I assume you’re either pleased or outraged or puzzled. Me too. About a lot of things. So I don’t have a structured narrative for this …

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Since it’s commencement season, I’ve put together a draft address in case I get a last-minute call http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/05/16/since-commencement-season-ive-put-together-draft-address-case-get-last-minute-call/ Tue, 16 May 2017 23:27:24 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5487 I’d like to thank Debtwell University for this opportunity to address your student body. Furthermore, I want to express my deepest hope that your original speaker overcomes [FOOD POISONING/ IRS DIFFICULTIES/ SUBPOENA/ ETC] without undue complications. [PAUSE. MAKE EYE CONTACT. SQUINT AS IF DRAWING ON A WELL OF DEEP WISDOM, BUT NOT SO HARD THAT YOU …

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Finding friends between the covers http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/05/04/finding-friends-covers/ Thu, 04 May 2017 22:46:25 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5471 So institutions are crumbling, right? The fabric of shared culture is threadbare, and our intellectual class is what you’d expect were you to put the sheep in Orwell’s Animal Farm in charge of administering doctoral dissertations. It almost makes one thankful the average American attention span is that of a moth who can’t afford his Ritalin refill—our …

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Maybe We’re Not All Bad http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/04/25/maybe-not-bad/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/04/25/maybe-not-bad/#comments Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:49:35 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5463 This is a post for men. This is not a post for women. If you are a woman, I respectfully request that you stop reading immediately. I’m fixing to explain a couple of things, and I certainly don’t want to fall into the sin of mansplaining. So skedaddle, ladies. That includes you in the back. …

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What’s Not on Your Reading List? http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/04/18/whats-not-reading-list/ Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:55:19 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5441 So I’m eating pineapple and considering this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners and these are not unrelated, because both activities aim at healthfulness. The truth is I’d rather be eating Krispy Kreme and reading Neuromancer, but my cholesterol has taken a slight uptick. It puts me in mind of my mortality, yet even as I approach …

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The Paradox of a Good Friday http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/04/14/paradox-good-friday/ Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:04:32 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5429 “Keep your mind in hell, and despair not.” This admonition from St. Silouan is appropriate for Good Friday, when most of Christendom commemorates Christ’s descent into hell, where he shatters its captives’ chains. Many modern Western theologians have abandoned this teaching, but even if you reject it you are still, if you are a Christian, …

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Yes, you’ve come to the right place http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/03/30/yes-youve-come-right-place/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/03/30/yes-youve-come-right-place/#comments Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:38:23 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5416 Redesigning my blog was not a rational decision. I mean, consider the facts. Fact One: Nobody reads any more. The data are pretty conclusive. We’re all eye-glued to our apps, or gaming, or enjoying the golden age of television. Sometimes all three at once. Nobody wastes time on long sentences stacked like shelves in a musty …

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Hammering art http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/02/10/hammering-art/ Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:21:33 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4750 They say all great men have a morning routine, so I figured I ought to rush right out and get me one of those. I’ll belabor the elements of that routine while subtly flattering myself for it some other time; the point today is that it often includes listening to Writer’s Almanac while I make …

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Of mice and men http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/01/31/of-mice-and-men/ Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:22:10 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4735 The mice think I am a god. Not the God, but definitely a god. Their tithe is a fresh-hollowed hazelnut, rolled into the center of my floor every morning. The nuts come, no doubt, from the two-pound bag they stole last month. I don’t know how long it took them, only that one morning the …

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The unlovable http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/11/10/the-unlovable/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/11/10/the-unlovable/#comments Thu, 10 Nov 2016 17:56:15 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4720 I guess before you read the rest of this you should decide how you feel about the fact that I didn’t vote for either of them. Nor did I vote for the Libertarian, or the lady who makes Bernie Sanders look like Milton Friedman and whose name I’ve already forgotten. I voted in every other …

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