Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The perils of naming yourself

Dear Hannah,

One thing that I realized after reading an extremely Catholic essay by Anthony Esolen was that, in the war over gender pronouns and nearly everything else, it's generally a terrible thing to name yourself.

Monday, October 24, 2016

In praise of Milo Yiannopoulos

Dear Hannah,

I'll admit upfront that I hated Milo at first.  Something about the way he treated fat women.  He made himself too much of an ass, taking the issue too far and turning it into something personal -- something regrettable by anyone who has an overweight mother or a sister.  I'll admit the people against "fat shaming" are really against health and beauty and taste, and thus deserve every ounce of what they get from him.  But the overweight? They're only overweight; and if they look terrible in bikinis, they often make up for it with what we refer to as a personality*.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The American Dream and its critics

Dear Hannah,

Because I was in college I've done several things I wouldn't do now, at the top of the list being a beer bong with more than seven types of hard liquor, voting as a Democrat, and reading Michael Moore.  The latter of these took place after I quit railing cocaine and picked up some Chomsky, and involved a too-long book about something like Oprah Winfrey becoming president.  It was titled Dude, Where's My Country? because it was written for idiots.  One of the chapters stuck with me more than the one about Oprah, however, and it had to do with the fraudulence of the American Dream.