Category: Classic

Evergreen posts that exemplify what Ordinary Times is all about.

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I Miss Prayer

It is completely banal in its utter ordinariness, and it is vital for precisely that reason. Prayer provides us with value and meaning in a desperate age.

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There Are No Bad People

Bigotry was not a life sentence, it was a decision people made, and so it was possible to choose something different. You could choose to change.

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There Are No Better People

Superheroes aren’t real. All we have is people, and trading one group for another is not and never will be a cure for systemic flaws

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It’s Just Property

And as is so often the case it will be the marginalized people who will pay the highest price, who already are paying the price

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Old Men in Poorly-Fitting Pants

It’s too horrible to say any of this so baldly, so we find nice ways to phrase it. But that does us no good, recoiling into a cozy bed of euphemisms.

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Why Was The 1918 Flu Pandemic Forgotten?

The current COVID-19 pandemic is, in many ways, unprecedented. Joshua Keating at Slate argued that it is the first truly global event, affecting practically the entire world’s population at the same time and in similar ways. Commentators and...

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A Letter From COVID-19 Exile

We know full well that we’re asking our fellow citizens to take on a huge burden, but the answer isn’t to shrug it off and let millions of us die.

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Leave The Amazon Be

Developing the Amazon Rainforest is a bad idea even in economic terms.

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Maybe Forgiveness After All

How much debt should you legally be able to take on before you can legally drink alcohol?

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Speaking of Terror

If certain kinds of violence demand more from us, defining and describing violence becomes charged with power.

All-In For Alfred

The fascinating history of Batman’s Batman.

Trump’s Useful Idiot

The bully doesn’t really care about his minion; he’s simply a useful idiot. West Virginia is Donald Trump’s useful idiot.