The Best Of The Dish This Weekend

Protest in Gaza against power cuts

Some arguments: that Thomas Aquinas was smarter than the New Atheists; that friendship with dogs is all about our shared “spiritedness“; that Rudyard Kipling was more readable than Virginia Woolf; that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is worth a libertarian critique.

Some beauty: a poem called “X”; an animation triumph; the elders of burlesque.

Leon Wieseltier was meretriciously nasty again; and Richard Rodriguez gave a simple definition of Christian faith in his spiritual memoir, “Darling”:

My brother is no less a good man for not believing in God; and I am no better a man because I believe. It is simply that religion gives me a sense – no, not a sense, a reason – why everyone matters.

Three words: Japanese cunnilingual octopodes (NSFW).

The most popular post of the weekend was “New York, I Love You, But …” followed by New York Shitty.

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(Photo: A Palestinian boy holds a candle during a protest against power cuts on November 3, 2013 in Gaza City. Gaza’s lone power plant shut its generators on Friday due to a fuel shortage, a move that will likely increase already long blackout hours in the impoverished coastal territory. By Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.)