Joan Didion “On Self Respect” from coldhearted scientist. Starts slow but stay with it; so so good. “People with self-respect have the courage of their mistakes. They know the price of things……People who respect themselves are willing to accept the risk that the Indians will be hostile, that the venture will go bankrupt, that the liaison may not turn out to be one in which every day is a holiday because you’re married to me. They are willing to invest something of themselves; they may not play at all, but when they do play, they know the odds.”
“The Anatomy of a Perfect Blog Post“ from Buffer. Lots of good stuff here if you’re into blogging or writing at all. I’ve been thinking for a while about doing the “click to tweet” thing, even though I sometimes find it annoying on other blogs. Thoughts?
“Digging Tunnels“ by Andrew Peterson on rabbitroom.com. It’s not fair that he can write blog posts like this AND write some of the best songs out there.
“Beyond the Echo Chamber on Gender Roles,” a review of the new book Made for More on ChristianityToday.com. “It doesn’t take more than a cursory glance around the Internet—or in the church pews—to find the discussion on gender raising heated opinions everywhere. The problem though, it seems, is that no one is starting from a common place…..Anderson’s focus on the imago dei has the capability of drawing a hard stop to some of the voices around the echo chamber of Christian discussion on gender roles. It is a manifesto of sorts, a reminder that until the conversation on gender universally begins with a firm understanding of creation—even before created order—we will continue talking past one another.” This will be my first read as soon as my church history class is over.
Finally, you may have heard that for the rest of the summer, The New Yorker has opened its archives for you to read any and everything before it clamps down a paywall this fall. Here are two guides of what you just must read—a very short one from themillions.com and a more comprehensive one from Slate.