Your Friday assignment

Pour yourself your favorite beverage, turn off the cell phone and other distractions, and read the transcript of David Brooks speech to The Gathering in 2014. Nothing I could say would be funnier or of more enduring important than what he said that day.

Take heart! The page at the linked URL has both the introduction and the talk twice, so it’s only half as long as you might think.

How good is it? I had to add five new tags when I saved it: Adam 1, Adam 2, résumé virtues, eulogy virtues and invasive care. (The Gathering’s muse, Michael Cromartie, was a man of many eulogy virtues, as demonstrated by his many heartfelt eulogies, like here, here, here and here).

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“Liberal education is concerned with the souls of men, and therefore has little or no use for machines … [it] consists in learning to listen to still and small voices and therefore in becoming deaf to loudspeakers.” (Leo Strauss)

There is no epistemological Switzerland. (Via Mars Hill Audio Journal Volume 134)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.