- The Washington Times - Monday, June 5, 2000

Teen horror

"According to Rolling Stone, 'Buffy, The Vampire Slayer' now holds the distinction of being the 'coolest show on television.' Now, 'cool' is a pretty vague adjective. There's a more appropriate designation for 'Buffy, The Vampire Slayer': It's the quintessential horror show… .
"Every week, Buffy and her friends do battle against a collection of outlandish monsters, usually with the fate of the world, or at least her fictional hometown of Sunnydale, Calif., hanging in the balance… .
" 'Buffy' is a commentary on the failure and incoherence of our culture's values and beliefs. Week after week, the show reminds us that evil is real, that the world is a dangerous place, and that most high schoolers haven't been given tools adequate to deal with it. This is why Buffy and company, instead of combating evil with the tools provided by the biblical God … resort to old books written in Sumerian and even witchcraft. Since horror comes from an a priori rejection of the Christian tradition, superstition is all that's left."
Roberto Rivera, writing on "Clothes, Coolness and Attitude: Buffy and the Monsters Out There," in the on-line magazine Boundless at www.boundless.org

Home and work

"Until about 1800, for all of human history, the vast majority of people had lived and worked in the same place; that is, their dwelling place was also their work place. The peasant or family farm or the craftsman's shop or the fisher's cottage was the normal pattern of human life for many thousands of years… .
"Their homes were rich in daily event, places where husband, wife and children all shared in the work of the family enterprise. Children were economic assets in these productive homes, each one welcomed warmly into the family circle. The household was the center of education in basic and advanced skills… . In such context, women found deep and real satisfaction: as the guardians of function-rich, economically productive homes, their fertility and their creativity combined in ego-fulfilling ways… .
"[T]he essential modern problem remains the radical separation of 'work' and 'home.' Marriage and family thrive when the two are unified; they suffer when 'work' and 'home' are apart. Any real basis for marriage and family autonomy must focus on healing this breach… .
"In part, this means pulling certain functions back into the home: functions critical to the maintenance of marriage and the rearing of children… . Now past its 'pioneer phase,' home schooling involves nearly 2 million American children, and it is important not just for its educational effects on children, impressive as those are. The evidence also shows that the creation of a home school strengthens the family and strengthens the marriage by focusing the whole family circle on the children and the task of learning."
Allan Carlson, writing on "The Domestic Workplace," in the May issue of Touchstone

Celebrity logic

"Gun-control activist Rosie O'Donnell defends her use of armed bodyguards, saying she needs extra security when she travels but wouldn't let guns in her house.
" 'In public places, my security people, who are off-duty policemen, have guns,' she says… .
"But 'the security people who work in my home do not have guns.'
" 'The statistic is that you're three times more likely to be a victim of violence if you own a gun. That's why I choose not to have them in my home,' Rosie says… .
"She stresses her push for gun control is part of her overall effort to aid children and charges the National Rifle Association doesn't care for all kids.
" 'The only life that is important to them is white, Republican life,' she charges."
Linda Massarella, writing on "Rosie: My Guards Are Armed, But Not in House," in Thursday's New York Post

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