Bloggerhood Etc. 10/13/14

BEEFTANK!

BEEFTANK!!! (Image: Jon Bois/SB Nation)

Best Return.Breaking Madden: BEEFTANK Returns” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Most Honest.Making Peace With My Mental Illness” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Best Special Needs Post.An Extraordinary Story” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Best List.10 Reasons I Can’t Relate to the 30-Something Blogger” by Andee Zomerman at Nature of a Servant.

Best Question.I Sing Because I’m Happy! Or is it the Other Way Around?” by Adam Hall at Tenor Dad.

Best Parenting Post.Target’s Response To My Calling Out Their Girls” Clothing Problem” by Stephanie Glese at Huff Post Parents.

Best Commentary.Synod 14: The Church Needs to Replace the Family” by Artur Roseman at Cosmos in the Lost.

Strangest Story.I’m a Blonde Tattooed Girl From Texas. Why Are ISIS Fighters Tweeting Marriage Proposals to Me?” by Jennifer Williams at New Republic.

Best Use of Bad Candy.Six Silly/Spooky Candy Corn Crafts” by Brent Almond at Designer Daddy.

Best Travel Article.Shakespeare and the Seven-Year Old” By Melissa Hart at Show Me the Monkey: An Oregon Family’s Adventures.

Best Guest Post.Why I Am Made Right” by Ashley Linne at Addie Zierman’s How to Talk Evangelical.

Cutest.What Happens When Second Graders Are Treated to a Seven-Course, $220 Tasting Meal” by Jeffrey Blitz at New York Times Magazine (Video).

Best Essay.40,000 Suicides Annually, Yet America Simply Shrugs” by Greg Zoroya at USA Today.

Best Bilingual Video.Transformers: Age of Extinction (變形金剛4 灭绝重生)” by Honest Trailers (via YouTube).

“The Transformers are back! And they’re as over these movies as we are.”

Here be Dragons!

Flag of England

St. George’s Cross, the Flag of England.

Today is the Feast of St. George, patron of England. It’s also World Book and Copyright Day, chosen in honor of two of the greatest figures of world literature: William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes. The coincidence of these dates is fortuitous for several reasons.

Little is known about the life of St. George, and what is best known about him is a legend. The real St. George didn’t slay a dragon, of course. This story can only be dated back to the Middle Ages, and was brought back to the West by crusaders. We only know two things about George: he was a soldier and a Christian who was martyred during the Diocletian persecution, and he most likely died on this date c. 304.

St George Slaying the Dragon

Woodcut frontispiece of Alexander Barclay’s Lyfe of Seynt George (1515).

But the dragon is what everyone remembers. It’s why he was a hero to the crusaders and why returning English princes and knights—at the height of the age of chivalry—made him the patron of England. It’s also what ties him to the next figure honored today.

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