The Weekender: November 11, 2016
"Like a bird, on a wire
like a drunk in a midnight choir,
I have tried, in my way,
to be free."
– Leonard Cohen
The great Leonard Cohen died yesterday. He wrote so many iconic songs it's hard to know where to start: "Hallelujah", "Famous Blue Raincoat", "Chelsea Hotel No. 2", or, my personal favorite, "Bird on a wire, quoted above.
We featured this piece by David Remnick on Cohen's new album in our first weekender, but it's worth re-linking now.
Here is one of my favorite covers of Cohen – K.D. Lang's cover of "Bird on a Wire."
Here, too, is the only cover of "Hallelujah" that should have ever been recorded:
Thank, Leonard Cohen, for your life and your art.
Here's your weekend reading:
- Jeremy Linneman sent me this great article on kids and smartphones. The data is scary, but I thought this article was practical and helpful.
- Alissa Wilkinson – a soon-to-be guest on our Cultivated podcast – has a provocative reflection on the work of Jack Chick, famous for his fire-and-brimstone tracts that disappointed servers often found left in lieu of tips.
- Sandra McCracken – this week's Cultivated guest – was interviewed about books that have been influencing her life over at TGC.
- David French has an interesting reflection on the election results at The National Review. He argues against the notion that racists elected Trump (mind you, he's no Trump fan, and has been dragged by the alt-right since the fall of 2015).
I tend to agree with French. I certainly think there are racists who voted for Trump (see David Duke and KKK), and I think that many of Trump's supporters are guilty of implicit biases. Likewise, I don't share all of David French's views on Black Lives Matter. That said, I think it's far too simplistic to say that Trump's supporters are all racists.
In part, the Left needs to do some soul searching about its own tactics. Maybe suing nuns and florists wasn't the best idea? Maybe the debates around bathrooms hurt the Left's chances? How much did these issues and the gay marriage debate alienate religious conservatives, making them willing to vote for anyone who had a chance of beating Hillary?
Unlike the Obama campaign, the Clinton campaign did very little evangelical outreach. And I think the attacks on Donald Trump were significantly weakened by the Left's overblown rhetoric in previous campaigns. (See again this post, linked last week.)
I appreciated Russ Moore's reflections on the outcome of the election, and I share his sentiment. Regardless of how we feel, here we are. The populace has spoken. We pray, we prepare to resist when necessary, and hope for the best.
See you next week.