Category Archives: icons

Happy Birthday, John Lennon

You’re still missed. Perhaps more than ever.

Happy Birthday, Jim Henson!

Seventy-four years ago, the world became a sillier, brighter, and better place.

“My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.” — Jim Henson

Happy Birthday, Jim Henson.

Washington Irving, Cultural Continuity, and Iconoclasm

First Things magazine — a magazine and blogging site which calls itself the “Journal of Religion, Culture, and Public Life” — has a really thoughtful piece on Washington Irving, and how Americans would do well not only to re-embrace the man, but to learn from the lessons he taught us:

Washington Irving is of particular importance, especially now that so many of those who howled at the specter of a systemically evil nation are silent at the election of Barack Obama. What will many faculties do, now that their view has been thus radically altered or at least thrown into question? The culture of iconoclasm can only endure so long as one wants to smash an icon. Once one reveres the icon, an inevitable conservatism sets in—there is a natural desire to preserve memories and eventually even the traditions and institutions recognized as having been virtuous.

Intrigued?  You should be.  You can get the rest of it right here.  And my thanks to Eric Seddon at First Things for his column — and for the very kind tip of the hat in the first paragraph.  I’m delighted to be considered one of the “saner minds.”