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At the End of the Line

by Amos J. Hunt You're on the wrong train. When you asked the conductor a minute ago how much farther it would be, he informed you that this train would not get you to the city no matter how long you rode, but that you might as well take it to the end of the line anyway, since you had just passed the last inbound train for an ...

Faith is Action

Joseph, awkward in celestial matters But sure enough in action, scratches his beard And wonders at the baby in the manger. The child is ordinary, blotched and ugly. She told him of the angel: he believed her, Believes in visions: had one of his own: The being bright and solid, come to tell him Fear not; she is a virgin, ...

Beyond the New Sincerity: What is a Post-Post-Ironic Sensibility?

by Grubby   If you've seen The Lego Movie, you know that its tone is playful, self-deprecating, and whimsical. It has themes, but refuses to be ponderous about them. When the Master Builder Vitruvius states the moral message of the film in so many words (something along the lines of "You are special if you believe you ...

The Young Man with a Carnation

by Grubby   A short story for you to read this weekend: Isak Dinesen's "The Young Man With The Carnation." Isak Dinesen's hero Charlie Despard couldn't be better named. A successful author dogged by the sure feeling that his second book will be trivial, he is sent reeling by a chance encounter with the eponymous young man, ...