- 2 weeks ago
He has called men of the cloth “vain” butterflies, “smarmy” idolators and “priest-tycoons.” He’s described some seminarians as potential “little monsters.”
Laurence England felt inspired by these conversations with clergy friends to compile a compendium of papal invective, calling it “The Pope Francis Little Book of Insults” – and, to his surprise, it kept growing monthly, weekly, even daily.
It is not a real book, of course. (This should have been obvious by the fact that I offered a 20% discount to anyone who directed one of the Pope’s insults at a bookstore cashier.)
But what began as a humorous blog post documenting the surprising things Pope Francis says has gained a large audience. (In time, he hope to have a Latin translation.)
Working backwards, he sifted through media reports, looking for all the Pope’s put downs and asking readers for assistance. He
was shocked by how many insults were directed toward Christians.
Indeed, the Pope has denounced the following: “sad Christians,” “pickled pepper-faced Christians,” “closed, sad, trapped Christians,” “pagan Christians,” “defeated Christians,” “liquid Christians,” “creed-reciting, parrot Christians,” and, finally, those “watered-down faith, weak-hoped Christians.”
- 3 weeks ago
"What have we been robbed of, by his death? Not so much a movie star, I think, as somebody who took our dramatic taxonomy—all those lazy, useful terms by which we like to classify and patronize our performers, even the best ones—and threw it away. Leading man, character actor, supporting player: really, who gives a damn? Either you hold an audience, so tight that it feels lashed to the seats, or you don’t."
(Graphic courtesy of PRRI)
(CNN) - Before he watches his beloved Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl this Sunday, Kyle Herman has some important rituals to perform.
Just as he has for years, in the morning he will pick out the Broncos jersey to wear for the game. He will slip on his high-school ring, refashioned in Broncos blue and orange, and surround his television with team paraphernalia, from signed footballs to a pillow.
Herman has several Broncos jerseys, and if a certain player is stinking up the field, the 21-year-old from Beaver Falls, Wisconsin, will put on that player’s jersey. You know, to give them a little more mojo.
“I don’t know why,” he says with a loud laugh, “but I feel like it really works for some reason.”
Herman may think his rituals are silly, but he’s far from alone in his sports superstitions.
According to a poll released in January by the Public Religion Research Institute, about half of all Americans believe that some element of the supernatural plays a role in sporting events.
That could mean fearing your team is cursed, as a quarter of sports fans said they do. It could mean you’re among the 26% who said they pray for God to help their team. Or it could mean performing rites like Herman, believing that, by some mysterious force, they will affect the outcome of the big game.
Robert P. Jones, the CEO of PRRI, said he wanted to explore the remarkable parallels between religion and sports: the tribalism, the loyalty, the uniforms, the lore, and, of course, the rituals.
Hearing people describe their game-day rites and customs, was eye-opening, Jones said with a wide smile.
“People were very very specific. They put on certain underwear, danced in little circles, gave their TVs a pep talk. Some of these things were playful and some were more serious.”
- 1 month ago
This Week in Universal News: Ice Skating Chimpanzee, 1963
MONKEY SHINES! THIS CHIMP IS A GAY BLADE: Usually, summer is the whacky season, but this winter things aren’t on an even keel in Germany. They’ve taught a Chimp to Skate and he’s a real swinger! After some tricks “Archibald” leads a Conga that proves he’s a real gay blade with quite a line figure-8-atively.
Excerpted from: Universal Newsreel Volume 36, Release 5
Watch the complete newsreel, featuring the Mona Lisa’s visit to Washington, D.C. and the swearing-in ceremonies of Ted Kennedy and Daniel Inouye, as well as other stories.
Universal Newsreels were shown in movie theaters twice a week, from 1929 until 1967, and covered a wide range of American life and history during that time period. In 1974, Universal deeded its collection to the United States through the National Archives and is one of our most used motion picture collections. Learn more about the Universal Newsreel Collection in this post and in this Prologue article. Watch other Universal Newsreels in our research room, in OPA, and on this playlist.
- 2 months ago
So many layers of meaning, including a riff on the debated iPhone holiday ad, in this New Yorker cover by the one and only Chris Ware, who is truly one of the greatest graphic artists of our time – here’s the most revealing interview this reticent and reserved genius has ever given.
- 2 months ago
45 years ago today, the Rolling Stones covered this great song by a bluesman turned preacher: http://ow.ly/ry758