My own equivalent of the above is when I switch off my CPAP machine in the morning. Within a few seconds, a small, three legged beagle will be headed to my face for a frenzy of licking. It’s the best way to wake up ever. Well, almost.
Readers flocked to this wonderful quote from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn this weekend – it’s what Ben Smith would call “sharable:”
If your back isn’t broken, if your feet can walk, if both arms can bend, if both eyes can see, if both ears hear, then whom should you envy? And why?
Other diversions: the beauty of short sentences; the joy of watching people having sex from a great height (a must-watch video called Drone Boning); the pain of having a really small penis; the study that found that 27 percent of men have fantasized about giving head; Boris Johnson on the best hangover in fiction (Kingsley Amis, natch); the acoustic warfare of bats; Borges on theodicy; Marilynne Robinson on Jonathan Edwards; and the powerful influence of Flannery O’Connor on Bruce Springsteen.
19 more readers became subscribers this weekend. You can join them here – and get access to all the readons and Deep Dish – for a little as $1.99 month. Gift subscriptions are available here. Dish t-shirts are for sale here, including our “Know Dope” shirts, which are detailed here. A final email for the weekend:
I just listened to your amazing podcast with Christian Wiman. As a struggling Catholic, it was wonderfully life-affirming for me to listen to you, Christian, and Matthew discuss faith. You ended the podcast by thanking Chris and telling him “you make it a less lonely place for a lot of us.” That is very much how I have viewed The Dish for some time now, especially your Sunday installments. I don’t have much faith in anything transcendent, but there is still something spiritual in my heart that keeps beating. The Dish is a big reason for that (along with Pope Francis!). So thanks for making the world a less lonely place for a lot of us, especially me.
See you in the morning.