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The Appeal of Running and Shooting and the Foolishness of Giving

The Appeal of Running and Shooting and the Foolishness of Giving

Football fans love quarterbacks. Basketball fans love point guards. In this week at Mbird sports, we’ll examine some key elements that make up the two positions, and try to make some distinctions as to why they are so beloved, while noting how they may be even more attractive today than ever. Joe Namath. Peyton Manning. […]

Rethinking Individualism with David Brooks

Rethinking Individualism with David Brooks

It’s almost too common to read op-ed columns or hear sermons about how individualistic Americans are. Yet a brief remark in David Brooks’ recent book, “The Social Animal”, has implied to me the real absurdity of these diatribes. He said: The United States is a collective society that thinks it is an individualistic one. If […]

Individuality, Fashion, and the Gospel

Individuality, Fashion, and the Gospel

What do you think about when you buy an article of clothing? I recently lost my glasses and had to buy a new pair and realized just how much went into my decision. Do I want the thick black framed, Buddy Holly glasses? Do I want the Sarah Palin frameless glasses? Do I want the […]

Malcolm Gladwell on Rugged Individualism and the Myth of American Success

Malcolm Gladwell on Rugged Individualism and the Myth of American Success

Excerpts from an interview with Malcolm Gladwell about his new book Outliers: The Story of Success: To a great extent, you’re debunking rugged individualism, the myth of American success, right? I am, I mean, in some ways this book is somewhere between a corrective and a full-scale assault on the way Western society in general […]

Institutional Cynicism and Humanist Affection in <i>The Wire</i>

Institutional Cynicism and Humanist Affection in The Wire

It’s been said that we’re living through a golden age of television. The rise of cable and the DVD has freed the medium from age-old network constraints and catapulted it into a new world of creative possibility. If that’s true, then The Wire is the crown jewel. The series wraps up this Sunday, and many […]