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About Tomas

Catholic. Texan. Philistine. Teacher.

David Foster Wallace’s 1996 Interview in Elle

Originally posted on Sancrucensis:
There is a quotation from an interview with David Foster Wallace reproduced on hundreds of webpages across the internet. There are several variants of the quotation, but it runs something like this: …fiction’s one of the…

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The year of Paul VI

Originally posted on Semiduplex:
Here is a prediction for 2018: it will be the year of Paul VI. In addition to canonization talk, there are two important anniversaries connected with Paul’s papacy. On July 25, the feast of St. James,…

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The Last Jedi and the 3 Readings

So I’ve come across, generally, three ways of reflecting on The Last Jedi. (If I may be so bold, it almost seems like the breakdown of readings of Vatican II). Firstly, the Liberal – “The Last Jedi changed everything, overthrowing … Continue reading

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Comments On… Murder on the Orient Express

NB: Spoilers on the remake of a 43 year old mystery movie and adaptation of a 83 year old mystery novel. I’ve never seen the original, so I can’t do any comparison. This, though? I really liked. I left the … Continue reading

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Star Wars is Not a One-Trick-Pony

So, apparently I’m still fuming about Star Wars (whenever I set this to post, anyway). This take at WaPo makes some assumptions about what Star Wars is and the themes George Lucas subscribes to which lead the write to make … Continue reading

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Putting Up With the Modern World

Originally posted on Yard Sale of the Mind:
There is no such thing as complete tolerance. It’s not that complete tolerance, however defined, is desirable but difficult, or impossible in practice but a worthy ideal to measure our efforts against.…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Hating What Came Before

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Hating What Came Before NB: SPOILERS. I’m not sure I can write a review for The Last Jedi that will amount to any more than a frothing-at-the-mouth, bitter-old-man, all-is-dead, maybe-I-am-AltRight rant. So this ain’t … Continue reading

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