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Read In Case Of Emergency
A weekly newsletter on ethics, policy & society
We didn't have time to compile 95 essays, so you'll have to settle for the usual 4.
  • Photographing the Dark: Nadar’s Descent into the Paris Catacombs – Allison C. Meier, The Public Domain Review – Happy Halloween! Here are some beautiful photos of the Paris Catacombs using the earliest flash equipment. It doesn’t get spookier than this.
  • In the Midst of Life We Are in October – Ian, Mockingbird – If you grew up attending Harvest Festivals and Reformation Day celebrations instead of trick-or-treating, you might recoil at the morbid imagery of Halloween. However, it is our duty as human beings and believers in God to be consistently meditating on our own death, for in doing so we can appreciate more deeply him who conquered death.

  • Managing Our Darkest Hatreds And Fears: Witchcraft From The Middle Ages To Brett Kavanaugh – Diane Purkiss, Athenaeum Review – An interest in witchcraft is on the rise, attempting to bring spiritual fervor to political battles against the patriarchy and capitalism while drawing on a tolerant and feminist heritage. However, the real history of witchcraft is far more Christian than pagan, and our extant records of pagan witchcraft are show that practitioners were tolerant mostly of cruelty, mutilation, and murder.

  • ‘Watership Down’ and the Crisis of Liberalism – Ross Douthat, The New York Times – Could a fantasy novel about rabbits help expose the dangers of laissez-faire decadent liberalism and resurgent fascism? Absolutely.
  • Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel – We couldn’t find any good Reformation Day links this week. However, why not learn about the English Reformation through a delicious set of novels about Thomas Cromwell?

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