Robin Dembroff is a student at the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University, pursuing degrees in Philosophy and English Literature. Her writing has been recognized by the Visalia Times Delta, Ayn Rand Institute, Michael L. Roston Creative Writing Contest, Torn Curtain – The Zine, Biola English Guild’s St. John the Apostle Paper Conference, and the Biola History/Gov’t/Social Science Department’s J.O. Henry Award.
Americans are good at buying stuff. Inseparably, Americans are good at selling stuff. Billboards, flyers, cold calls, even dirigibles and airplanes dragging messages over the coastline: if it persuades a consumer, we’ve got it. Poor, victimized consumers.
As a citizen of Los Angeles, I’m accustomed... August 30th, 2010 | Culture, Media | Read More
The old man had been on the sea for days; the marlin pulled his small boat hour after hour. My mouth was dry, nearly salty. I felt the weight of isolation–the weight of being on a vast ocean that is void of another human form. Ernest Hemmingway tossed me into the skiff and sent it to sea.
Fiction... July 20th, 2010 | Art & Literature, Education, Media, Philosophy | Read More
1. Ben Stein wonders what law gives President Obama the authority to “kick ass” and demand $20 billion from BP? “The BP behavior is reminiscent of how, immediately after assuming office, Mr. Obama, with no Congressional authority or administrative allowance, simply made a phone... June 25th, 2010 | Thirty Three Things | Read More
Have at it.
1. The Artist is Present. You go into a modern art museum, right? Main exhibition room. OK. Main exhibition: the artist herself, sitting in a chair, waiting to stare right back into your eyes. Here’s a slideshow of the people who sat with her. If nothing else... June 18th, 2010 | Thirty Three Things | Read More
Dear Contemporary Christian Music,
I wouldn’t be writing this letter if I hadn’t heard you were feeling a bit better. After all, you have been off-color the last hundred years or so.
I’d like to make sure you know that I’m sorry you haven’t been well. I’ve said harsh words, but, truly, I... June 17th, 2010 | Apologetics, Culture, Music, Religion | Read More
In our Summer Reading Symposium, I recommended three books for summer reading. I love these books too much to leave it at a mere ‘name dropping’. Let me try to convince you, using the opening line, my thoughts and an excerpt from each, that the three books I mentioned are really and truly worth... June 16th, 2010 | Book Reviews, Media | Read More
A special, contributor-specific version of 33 Things.
We won’t mention and/or castigate the contributors that forgot to get their links in on time. :coughHaydenButlercough:
1. “The New Philistinism”
2. “The Birds and the Bees (via the Fertility Clinic)”
3. “Should... June 11th, 2010 | Thirty Three Things | Read More
A recent article by Kevin Sack concerns pre-abortion ultrasounds, and whether they might or might-not affect a woman’s decision. But he wrote another article simultaneously–one about how only cold, cruel extremists insist that clinics provide ultrasounds.
Impressive. Sack’s article is composed... June 7th, 2010 | Abortion, Culture, Logic & Rhetoric, Media, Politics, Reproductive Technologies | Read More
1. “Is Marquette Free to be Catholic?”
2. Justice Souter’s Commencement Address to Harvard Graduates
3. A “menaissance” is under way, and the classically clad “retrosexual” is leading the charge.
4. Just tell him the last five books you read, and he’ll... June 4th, 2010 | Thirty Three Things | Read More
1. Google’s Demise.
2. Kung fu bear from Japan. Seriously.
The obligatory ‘Lost’ links:
3. Unsatisfied by the LOST finale? You’re not alone.
4. Wired: As Lost Ends, Creators Explain How They Did It, What’s Going On
5. Fill the Lost Shaped Hole in Your Life….With Friday... May 28th, 2010 | Thirty Three Things | Read More