Author Archives: readerjohn

About readerjohn

I am a retired lawyer and an Orthodox Christian, living in a collapsing civilization, the modern West. There are things I'll miss when it's gone. There are others I won't. That it is collapsing is partly due to calculated subversion, summarized by the moniker "deathworks." This blog is now dedicated to exposing and warring against those deathwork - without ceasing to spread a little light.

New York adventures and thoughts

Geezer Roger, unlike prime-of-life Roger, is perfectly satisfied with “nice place to visit.” Continue reading

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Phobias’ shifting boundaries

What a tangled web we weave when we abandon the sexual binary in favor of a rainbow of genders. Continue reading

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Adult fiction

How Wendell Berry handles a steamy sex scene. Continue reading

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I’m one in eight million

Add “smoke-filled rooms” to the list of things I hated but now miss. Continue reading

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Will we ever unsee this?

Young Goodman Brown had a bad dream — or was it a vision? Continue reading

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Presumption of Regularity

Something about this Presidency leaves me cold at the ordinarily reasonable request to “respect the office if not the man.” Continue reading

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Gonzo politics

When a group of House Republicans staged a protest and barged into the secure rooms of the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday morning, claiming that the testimony being collected there about possible criminality and abuse of power by President Trump … Continue reading

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Norms

The main difference between Trump and his predecessors is that the professional class / deep state / neoliberal order / whatever-you-want-to-call-it is fluent in a language that imposes a kind of regulative fiction on that chaos. Their fluency gives them … Continue reading

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Anecdotes and trends

One man in my parish is very frugal and doesn’t even own a car. He usually gets a ride to our rural church from someone else in the parish. But a few weeks ago, he had to hire a Lyft, … Continue reading

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Hold them in tension

Today’s reading brought a revelation I’d been resisting. Continue reading

Posted in deathworks, Journalism, Political Matters