Time for a Current Events Write-Up! I missed last week because I was writing book reviews.
Romper: Is Pauline from "Feud" Based on a Real Person? The Ambitious Assistant Is a Fan Favorite, by Caralynn Lippo.
have been watching "Feud," which is about the conflict between
actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during and after the making of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Last Sunday's episode was especially good. In that episode, Pauline,
who was director Robert Aldrich's assistant, was trying to get people to
read her script, and she expressed a desire to be a director herself.
But women being directors at that time was extremely uncommon. Pauline
was discouraged, but then she talked with Mamacita, Joan Crawford's
personal assistant. Mamacita talked about how women are increasing in
population, and there will be a greater demand for women directors who
can help make films and shows that appeal to women. "Your time is
coming," Mamacita solemnly tells Pauline. That made me wonder if
Pauline ever became a successful scriptwriter and director. And that
led me to this article.
Wikipedia: B.D. Hyman.
Another character in the "Feud" series was B.D. Hyman, who was Bette Davis' daughter. She had a brief role in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
I was curious to learn more about her, and I found that she became a
born-again Christian, who wrote a book about the rapture.
DalyFocus: Tim Keller's Reward Is In Heaven. It's Princeton that Loses the Prize, by Jim Daly.
Tim Keller was about to receive Princeton Theological Seminary's Kuyper
award, then Princeton decided not to give him the award on account of
his controversial stances. I loved the last line of this post: "Princeton can keep its award, but in how he’s handled the 'slight,' Tim Keller is rewarding us
by showing the Christian how best to respond in a post-Christian
world." That is something that I like about Tim Keller: he doesn't take
himself too seriously. As Daly says, "...the people who know and love Tim Keller are likely more bothered by this 'snub' than he is."
Bob on Books: Review of The Benedict Option.
This is a good summary, review, and critique of Rod Dreher's The Benedict Option.
Baffler: The Wrongest Profession: How economists have botched the
promise of widely distributed prosperity—and why they have no intention
of stopping now, by Dean Baker.
This is a critique of deficit hawkishness.
Thought Catalog: 10 Things Being an Introvert Is Not an Excuse For, by Heidi Priebe.
Things for me to keep in mind!
Relevant Magazine: Twitter Tangles with the Billy Graham Rule.
I saw this article, I thought, "Why can't Mike Pence set the boundaries
that he wants, without having to put up with a bunch of leftist
snark?" But critics do well to highlight a possible problem: if men
avoid women (i.e., not having a meal with them alone, not being in the
same room with them alone) because they fear falling into an affair,
will that close women off from job advancement opportunities? I can
still see a rationale for the Billy Graham Rule. When I was at Harvard
Divinity School, we had a session on how pastors should not date
parishioners, and we were encouraged to set boundaries. But I can
understand some of the concerns about the Billy Graham Rule. Is there a
reasonable middle ground?
Book Plunge: Tyrant: Rise of the Beast
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