Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Africa Check “resurrects” Mr. Bean

 One of the many great joys of deaning is getting to meet amazing alums. I recently had lunch with Tom Gehring ('79) and was spellbound to hear about how Tom has fused Pepperdine's twin pillars of excellence and faith in his 42-year career as embodied in his two books:

Settle It! ... And Be Blessed:

Settle ItThere comes a time in your life when you have to settle it. Be done with it. It’s time. Do not let things drag on. Weigh you down. Stop you from progressing. Stop you from proceeding with your mission in life. It’s not worth it. It never is. It never will be. You, who are reading this, are a precious person. Your potential is real. Your potential is unfathomable. You have much to give. Whatever it is in your life that you need to settle, a lawsuit, a dispute with a family member, a friend, a neighbor, a business partner, a personal problem, a bad habit, an addiction—do it now. You will be blessed if you do. And you will be a blessing to others. Settle It! Now. And get back to your blessing.

Sea lion opens gate to crash fisherman’s interview about a ‘plague of sea lions’ BBC

The Clothed Home. Tuning in to the Seasonal Imagination exhibition London Design Biennale2021

A Star Is Born Lapham’s Quarterly

GERMANY KNIFE ATTACK: Three killed were all women.

Naturally, it takes BBC 14 paragraphs and a map showing where the city of Würzburg is located in Germany to get to this minor detail: “A witness reported that the suspect shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ during the attack, said [Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim] Herrmann.”

Articles of Note

In the West, we confine dreams to the realms of superstition and metaphysics. But in other societies, dream-sharing is a serious business   ... more »

New Books

In recent novels by Lauren Oyler and Patricia Lockwood, deceit, conspiracy theories, and dumb jokes thrive online. Tell us something we don’t know... more »

Essays & Opinions

New Black satire. The Dave Chappelle fatalism of the early 2000s has given way to sincerity and demands for action   ... more »

Cats and the Good Life Los Angeles Review of Books

Journalists Hit New Low by Betraying Source Real Clear Politics 

Factually - a newsletter about fact-checking, misinformation and getting at the truth.