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December 24, 2012 5:20 PM Day’s End and Holiday Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Ah, time to wash away the controversies of the day, week, month and year for a while. Let’s see if I can find a few non-blood-pressure waiting items to wrap up:

* At the New York Times, Simon Critchley offers some reminders from Dostoevsky about the relationship between freedom and faith.

* At Ten Miles Square, James Wimberley wishes for a New Year with greater and more evidence-based attention to the facts of climate change.

* At College Guide, Andrew Gelman wonders if Ivy League schools should just start admitting students randomly.

* At TNR, Jackson Lears offers historical insights about Christmas.

That’s all for today! We’ll have a couple of posts tomorrow, but generally hope for a peaceful holiday for those of every and no faith. Peace is a gift that can only be experienced when it’s available to all.


Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Nanuq on December 24, 2012 10:58 PM:

    Thanks for that day-ending bit of wonder from Steeleye Span. An incredibly apt choice for the day. Maddy Prior has always been a favorite, and I'd never seen a picture of her before.

    Wife and I were singing this yesterday.

    Power just came back on after a two-hour outage, and this was the gift I got for going back on the computer.

    And a Merry Happy to you, Ed.