Nobody bums out better than St. Augustine of Hippo. (Wikimedia)
Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

“Something that in the history of religion is kind of interesting is to see how Christian monks, like, really bum out about wet dreams,” Kelly Bulkeley, who studies dreams.

“Complaining in Texas is not for sissies,” Annie Laurie Gaylor, who runs an organization that promotes separation of church and state.

“Imagining today minus the Net is as content-free an exercise as imagining London in the 1840s with no steam power, New York in the 1930s with no elevators, or L.A. in the 1970s with no cars. After a while, the trellis so shapes the vine that you can’t separate the two,” Clay Shirky, who studies the Internet.

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