Neil Steinberg's blog
I read your blog containing your archive of articles on the issues faced by gays/lesbians in Chicago. A couple times you referred to homosexuals in Roman culture. I cannot claim to be well-read on this, but I recently read a book by Sarah Ruden called "Paul Among the People", that attempts to place homosexuality - in historical Greek and Roman cultures of Paul's day - into a cultural context that indicates that homosexuality THEN is not as homosexuality is TODAY. That is, she strongly outlines a case that it was a tool used - largely by heterosexual men - to dominate other men in a culture that demanded extreme masculinity. It was an interesting take that I hadn't read before, but it may shed light on why the Bible frowns on homosexuality, in Paul's writings, anyway. It was because it was for the purpose of abuse and de-humanization, not natural sexuality. Just thought I'd pass it along. It was worth reading.
Hey, Neil,I'm a daily reader, enjoy your column even when I disagree with what you say, but I have to say, your column about Oprah was pretty mean-spirited. I'm no big fan of hers but she has done a lot to bring money to Chicago, especially the west side area where she built Harpo Studios.And so she's leaving. So what? Some new celeb will come along to replace her.
I respect that. It was supposed to be funny, and the vast majority of readers found it so. A few didn't, and that is unavoidable. It certainly wasn't written in a mean-spirited manner. I think, based on your last sentence, we're actually pretty much in agreement.
Suggestion to consider: take the date off your blog header. When sending/posting links to your previous blogs, what comes up is the header with the current date. Unless you scroll down, you don't realize you are being sent a previously written blog. Would make you not bother scrolling down/reading if you knew you had already read the current date's blog.
Hmmm...you're the first person to suggest that. I do it that way so people know it's been changed every day. Though I do have a substantial traffic to old posts. Perhaps to mark it's second year, I'll take the date out of the header. I'll ask readers. Thanks for the suggestion.
Your newspaper columns are food for thought but try not to be so condescending or arrogant when someone disagrees with you.
I realize that this is a zero-priority matter, but I noticed you amended the e-mail address. FWIW, it still doesn't work as a hyperlink for me. : )
It's not a hyperlink. You mean, it should click and lead you to ... a place to send an email? I'm not sure what you'd like me to link to.
Oh, sorry. I guess I was confused into assuming it was supposed to be a link by the type being the same color as other links on the page. I don't understand how it works, but some sites somehow open one's email and address an email to the journalist in question if you click on the "email me" link. Such as what happens when one clicks on the little envelope symbol below the Twitter, Facebook, etc. symbols next to your name and the headline when one is reading one of your columns in the S-T. Anyway, it's a very minor convenience and I'm sorry I brought it up! : )
Glad I softened ANA up just a bit for ya, and outed what his intentions were. Sometimes, it takes an Italian to get 'er done, wink.
Open up another hotel room please for current event topic discussions, thanks.
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Neil, I have a friend who needs help! I'm no counselor or any one to give advice, but where do you start with someone who keeps relapsing and failing? Is it in the book?
It starts with your friend -- you can't really do much unless the friend wants help. There is a chapter on relapse in my new book, but the bottom line is that, often, relapse is part of the path before it sinks in that they can't somehow sneak past what they have to do. Your friend has to figure it out for himself or herself -- you can't do it for him. I'd be happy to talk to your friend, if your friend wants to -- email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. But usually people relapse because they've been well long enough to forget why they had to give it up in the first place. It can be maddening to watch. Al-Anon would counsel you to disengage and look after yourself -- tough advice.
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