The Rogation Dragon

Eve Tushnet
Modern Humiliation Monthly (book notes and short posts from the author of Gay & Catholic and Punishment: A Love Story)
Created 14 Jan 2021
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  • Legends of the Cities of the Plain
    24 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    “Accountability is the corollary to grief for those of us who are responsible for harm. I shared the ways in which I have witnessed accountability as an unparalleled tool for transforming shame for ou...
  • Social Distortion
    02 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 1 4
    Welcome, creatures! I have returned from New York; I have been to Central Park Zoo; I have seen the flying foxes opening and flexing their great brown veiny wings. Also the Norma Desmond of snow leopa...
  • The Forgiveness Plot
    25 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 3 1
    Welcome, creatures! Let’s do this thing. Intercession as rebuke I liked the British Museum’s presentation on “The musical world of Thomas Becket” a lot, and especially liked their desire to present a ...
  • Clocking In at the Haiku Factory
    16 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    “[H]e was a writer, an imaginer. He had never met one—including himself—who had more than the vaguest idea of why he or she did anything.” —Stephen King, The Dark Half Welcome, creatures! It’s been a ...
  • Fully-Medicated Luxury Communism
    27 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    Welcome, creatures! In this edition, a book. That’s basically it. Plus some flotsam at the end. And There’s Another Country I’ve Heard of Long Ago I discovered Carl Neville’s Eminent Domain via We Are...
  • Catholic Taxonomy? Catholic Tax Onna You!
    13 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 1 4
    Welcome, creatures! I wonder which of you all have the thing I have, of constantly resorting to the same few personal proverbs: things I picked up here and there which expressed something I needed to ...
  • City of Friends
    09 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 1 1
    The door opened, revealing some sixteen stone of butler. … As a matter of fact, it was all I could do to speak at all, for the sudden impact of Charlie Silversmith had removed the breath almost totall...
  • Rock Bottom! Down, Down, Down!
    25 Jun 2021 • 6 min read
    There’s a line I’ve seen a couple times now, out there in the wild world of addiction-recovery Twitter: “Rock bottom is a narrative device.” I like this line, I think it’s true and important and it ca...
  • The Last Washingtonians
    21 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 0 1
    Welcome, creatures! For the past couple years I’ve been working on a novel; in this newsletter I’ll talk a little about it, and also ask for your help in finding readers for this draft. Dream City The...
  • The Ballad of Reading Goals
    10 Jun 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    The mulberries are overripe, the chicory has put forth luminous purple blossoms, the night is full of fireflies and heat lightning—it’s summer! Time for Summer Books issues; time for “summer reading.”...
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