A selection of favorites from the editors of Ordinary Times
One of the stranger responses I get whenever I profess my own shrugging relativism is a snickering, “Oh, but that can’t possibly be true. You like things!” I think I’m meant to realize that literally liking anything precludes relativism. And recently, I have been introduced to this claim’s cousin: meaningful criticism is not possible within…
A cold wind blows where the weather is ordinarily quite lovely.
Trumwill investigates the intersection of sports, narrative, and race.
Introduction and Syllabus for Ordinary University’s first course, the U.S. Presidency.
The Melise Muñoz case is not as simple as it appears, and it is not only religious nuts who might understand the hospital’s position. Here, a explanation of why the case is more complicated than some think.
Hoc opus, hic labor est.
Not playing the game is a game of its own.
By special request: Burt Likko reflects on a dozen or so not-particularly-glamorous cases from early in his career.
In which Rose Woodhouse concludes her tale of joy and woe at the Happiest Place on Earth.
Grantland’s Caleb Hannan faces questions about his journalistic ethics as he writes about Essay Anne Vanderbilt, a trans woman working to build a better putter. His ethics may remain intact, but his decency is nowhere to be found.
In which Rose Woodhouse gathers her family and bravely ventures forth into the Happiest Place on Earth.
What’s to do when some parent (who obviously isn’t you because of course you have better judgment than that) brings their child to an inappropriate place? Also: food porn from Chicago!
Burt Likko is no rail engineer. But he is a lawyer, and that means he can offer at least one suggestion to moderate the ongoing boondoggle that is the California High Speed Rail Project.
Too often when we talk about ethnic “culture” in America, we’re really just talking about race and pretending we’re not.
Confucian tradition recommends honouring one’s ancestors even when they are criminals. South Korea and China should be familiar with this tradition and thus their reactions to Abe’s visits to Yasukuni Shrine is more political theatre than genuine offense.
More an more, people on the Internet are arguing that young people are better off in the long run by skipping college. They’re wrong.
A collaborative post by Chris and Burt Likko, telling the story of an American writer who deserves to be better-known and better-read.
Famed Tiger-Mom Amy Chua’s new book helpfully lets its readers know which cultures and races in America are superior, and which are inferior.
There are a lot of good causes out there. Why focus on poverty? For Poverty Awareness Month.
Oh, good. It looks like we’re still outing people. How charming.
Now, before you get all in a huff about the California Supreme Court admitting an undocumented alien to practice law, at least read Burt Likko’s digest of the ruling.
If you guessed that what’s going on here isn’t exactly about Christianity, I’m in agreement with you.
In sussing out what he’s getting wrong with his atheism, Jaybird learns that he got a lot wrong about the Unitarian Universalists too
New Dealer looks at his complicated relationship with the holiday that is both secular and not so secular.
The War on Christmas in American was very real, and was won decisively in the 19th century. Tod Kelly explains why everything you think you know about Christmas is wrong.