Ascending Bookstacks

Samuel Klee
A Catholic historian bemused by squaring books with his faith
Created 02 Aug 2021
  • Hey Astro, Meet Tocqueville and Francis
    30 Sep 2021 • 10 min read
    This week, Amazon unveiled “Astro” - an admittedly adorable Alexa/R2D2/WALL-E mashup. It comes equipped with Ring- and Alexa-style cameras and microphones, makes use of a a periscope, emits endearing ...
  • The Social Dilemma, Ray-Bans, Beating the Heat, and Socratic Twitter
    24 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    Happy Friday! Here are the links. The Social Dilemma I know, tech, again. But you can blame this film! We watched The Social Dilemma almost a year ago and, frankly, it blew my mind. I’ve always enjoye...
  • Been Thinking About Foucault
    23 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    Subscribe now I’ll admit it - I love reading Foucault. (dodges hurled apple cores and half-eaten sandwiches) For those unfamiliar and not sure whether they should throw refuse in protest, Michel Fouca...
  • Mammoths, Long Walks, Twitter, and the Diet Wars
    17 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    Happy Friday! Mammoth Comeback Environmental circles often debate rewilding. Rewilding generally means reintroducing formerly local plants and animals to ecosystems degraded by human influence. Rewild...
  • Make Sanctuaries, Not Walls
    16 Sep 2021 • 10 min read
    Subscribe now Share What is a sanctuary? Sanctuaries are sanctums, inner space, holy places where God resides. Places of covenant. Places of celebration, reverence, and rest. Indeed, Catholics might i...
  • Homeschooling, Wilderness, Satisfaction, and Virtual Museums
    10 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Share Ascending Bookstacks I’m revamping the Friday link-drop. Rather than four articles, I’m going to share one web article, one journal article, one podcast or video, and one primary source (some vi...
  • Catholics and Surveillance Capitalism
    09 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 0 2
    Subscribe now Share Tech privacy news is everywhere—and we may be numb to it. Apple plans to spy on every iPhone? With nothing to hide, there’s nothing to fear! An Israeli company hacks phones for aut...
  • Wikipedia, Sustainable Churches, Traffic Cameras, and Catholic Social Teaching
    03 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    Good morning! We have several new people (welcome!), so here’s a brief word of explanation. The Thursday book review is Ascending Bookstacks’ main course. Friday’s link-drop is dessert. I serve up fou...
  • The Path and The Way
    02 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    Subscribe now Discipline equals freedom. Whether in exercise, work, relationships, or one’s inner self—self-discipline enables us live the lives we want to live. This is the core takeaway of former Na...
  • On Representation, Dinner, Weeds, and Cornell West
    27 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 0 2
    Representation in Film The first movie we saw after lockdown in Oslo was A Quiet Place: Part II. If you’re not familiar with the A Quiet Place films, they tell the story of a family hiding from sound-...
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