It’s been April-in-January for the last ten days or so. There was a bit of rain this morning and it will be another spring day in winter, but all that ends tonight–so says the weatherman, again proving the Farmer’s Almanac‘s long-view weather forecast actually quite reliable for predicting general meteorological tendencies. I’m stuck in my office, rather than working in my garden, which I’ve been itching to do–and have done a bit of already. But as I sat here getting settled in for work, the sun has peeked through the clouds, the rain has dispersed, and I have several great things for you to read today:
- An analysis of the trouble with American higher education. From a few years back, but as a man who works in the belly of the beast, much of this analysis is still useful and applicable.
- Soylent: Slim-Fast for Technocratic Bro Culture.
- Monasticism for laymen; or, five ways to integrate Rule of St. Benedict into everyday life.
- Toqqueville, democracy’s equalitarian drive, the negative consequences for virtue, and the hollowing out of religious principle.
- The Wendell Berry of Herefordshire.
A complete concert by the Poway Symphony Orchestra, of Poway, California, consisting of Beethoven’s Leonore Overture, Mozart’s Concerto for flute and harp, and Dvorak’s 8th Symphony. It’s broken in tracks; use the previous/next buttons beside the play button to navigate: