Goodbye to the amazingly fertile Duggar family, or at least for their reality show on TLC. The network permanently cancelled the family's enormously popular 19 Kids and Counting show on Thursday. It was a long time coming but it wasn't a surprise.
I am a committed blogger, but a sporadical journaler. If blogging is thinking out loud and in public, journaling is thinking quietly and in private. I am convinced that both practices have value, and I have often regretted my lack of dedication to the discipline of keeping a journal.
Facebook wants to show you the things you care about most in your life, both online and off. “If you could rate everything that happened on Earth today that was published anywhere by any of your friends, any of your family, any news source…and then pick the 10 that were the most meaningful to know today, that would be a really cool service for us to build,” says Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer. “That is really what we aspire to have News Feed become.”
The release of “Go Set a Watchman,” which has been only lightly copy-edited, also leads inevitably to the question: Who was the invisible hand guiding Harper Lee as she transformed this book into “To Kill a Mockingbird”? Maybe more to the point, how big a role did her editor play in reconceiving the story from a dark tale of a young woman’s disillusionment with her father’s racist views, to a redemptive one of moral courage and human decency?
Comedian Jim Gaffigan. Star of The Jim Gaffigan Show, and author of the hilariously insightful parenting book Dad Is Fat, Gaffigan is, for many, a prime example of someone who artfully balances their faith with public life. The self-styled “pale comedian” has always be upfront about his relationship with God.
Our love of summer blockbusters is not that difficult to explain. There are
big explosions and fun characters and air-conditioning. What else do you
need? But I also think they have provided a place where we can pretend,
again, that we believe in something greater than life.
Like you, I don’t demand that every children’s movie be the newest, best thing to ever happen to film (though neither do I assume a children’s movie has to be formulaic and banal). Minions, though, is an almost aggressively hollow project.
Shockingly, in Harper Lee’s long-awaited novel, “Go Set a Watchman” (due out July 14), Atticus Finch is a racist who once attended a Klan meeting, who says things like “The Negroes down here are still in their childhood as a people.” Though "Watchman” is being published for the first time, it was essentially an early version of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”