The Weekend Wrap

Andrew Sullivan —  Jul 23 2012 @ 9:00am


This weekend on the Dish, we exposed the creepy arrogance of the case against Romney releasing more of his tax returns and showed just how conservative Mormon politicians are. Reaching back to the past, we pointed to the turbulent history of American political parties and recalled Frederick Douglass's idiosyncratic brand of libertarianism. 

In religious coverage, Bruce Epperly explored the meaning of miracles, Ed Feser shared his story of faith lost and found, Jacob Friesenhahn considered the connection between the Trinity and love, John Allen realized what a war on religion really is like, D.G. Hart argued that the GOP and religious right don't deserve to be called conservative, and new studies showed the importance of forgiving yourself. David Barash contemplated Buddhism's approach to the creation story and Buzz Aldrin told us what is was like to take Communion in space.

With summer book reading in full swing, Maria Bustillos made the case for what to read next, the History News Network gave advice about what books to avoid, and a blogger found out what happens when you judge a book by its cover. Toni Morrison deplored the state of pop culture, Adam Kirsch paid a visit to the literary scholar who gave us the Norton Anthology of English Literature, and a Norwegian novelist ruminated on death. James Verini believed Christopher Nolan's films were more like games than narratives and Jim Emerson grew tired of the clear line between heroes and villains in superhero flicks. Writing your own novel? Here are some guidelines on how to craft erotica and a great example of insult verse. Read Saturday's poem here; Sunday's here.

For more deep questions tackled by the Dish this weekend, Jonathan Gray plumbed the paradoxes of memory, Sean Gittens inquired about philosophy's usefulness, and scientists puzzled over why men don't have a penis bone. And most importantly, do more people get laid in the summer? It depends on where you live. In assorted commentary, Mary Kay cosmetics proved to be a pyramid scheme, which may make its sales reps open to this this advice on how to get lucky. Rebecca Solnit held that pain was really behind the drug wars and Andrew Tuck defended spending your money on certain luxury goods. MHBs here and here, FOTDs here and here, VFYWs here and here, and the latest window contest here.

– M.S.

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