Athwart Newsletter #7


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Bradley Davis

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Phronesis Podcast

Friends & Foes

  • "Private Schools are Indefensible" by Caitlin Flanagan in The Atlantic
    • Discussion, investiation, and criticism of American elites has been growing across the political spectrum, but Flanagan's essay is perhaps the best writing on the topic so far.
  • "It’s Lit: Youth Culture and the Possible Resurrection of Savonarola" by Chris Morgan in Jacobite
    • Chris Morgan on “youth culture” seen through the historical homology of punk rock moral seriousness and religious fanaticism: “In 1517, Martin Luther’s actions sparked the Protestant reformation. 490 years later, Fugazi, however willfully or not, assumed its mantle and perpetuated it in their own image, an act with far-reaching implications.”
  • "'Demons' at 150" by Jacob Howland in The New Criterion
    • Jacob Howland on the unsettling prescience of Dostoyevsky’s “Demons”: “Dostoevsky grasped what is painfully obvious today: as authority collapses, institutions implode, and intellectual and moral anarchy predominates, the liberal elite is apt to combine with revolutionary ideologues to unleash destructive forces that neither group can control.”
  • "The Church Forests of Ethiopia" by Jeremy Seifert and Fred Bahnson in Emergence Magazine
    • "Nearly all of Ethiopia’s original trees have disappeared, but small pockets of old-growth forest still surround Ethiopia’s churches, living arks of biodiversity amongst the brown grazing fields. In this film and essay, Jeremy Seifert and Fred Bahnson travel to Ethiopia to gain a deeper understanding of how our fate is tied with the fate of trees."
  • "The Fallout from the 20th Century Quarrel Over the Subject" by Angela Franks in Church Life Journal

Music from Max

  • The Old Band by Harrison Lemke
    • Lemke’s new album FOREVER ONLY IDAHO dropped 3/19, annd this single gives us a taste of the whole album. Listen for melancholy, some great synths, and a particularly tragic line about Pavement.
  • "Nashville Blues" by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, one of the longest-lasting country-rock ensembles out there, was highly influential. “Nashville Blues” is a great bluegrass joint off their seminal 1972 album Will the Circle Be Unbroken, which is worth a listen in its entirety.
  • "Kingdom Come" by Red Velvet
    • Athwart has fulminated against K-Pop in the past (here and here) but there’s no denying the sultry vocals or the powerful R&B beats from one of South Korea’s most popular girl groups.

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