The Best Of The Dish This Weekend

Hay Festival Of Literature And The Arts -2014

Two stand-outs: a miraculous rendition of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean on beer-bottles; and a prayer for all of us by that remarkable Catholic/Buddhist monk of doubt, Thomas Merton.

Other posts worth checking out: the influence of John Cheever on Mad Men; how Philip Roth is still subject to the charge of anti-Semitism even today; seeing an AIDS patient in Holbein’s painting of Christ in the tomb; a charming moment between Pope Francis and Israeli prime minister Netanyahu – subsequently distorted by news headlines; a poem on frogs; and an analysis of slut-shaming.

The most popular posts of the weekend were Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer Gay? (probably), followed by Can Atheists Believe In Jesus? (yes, they can.)

See you in the morning.

(Photo: Tiger Lily Vyse, 7, with Pearl Vyse, 5, during the Hay Festival on May 28, 2014 in Hay-on-Wye, Wales. The Hay Festival is an annual festival of literature and arts which began in 1988. By Matthew Horwood/Getty Images.)