Film & Arts

'San Andreas' & 'Love and Mercy'

Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson is the perfect hero in an epic account of an earthquake that ravages California; Bill Pohlad studies Brian Wilson’s musical perfectionism.

Poetry | Migrations

Routes take shape / as flight takes root, / and lines of geese, / miming tide look // more like unbound / scripture, the past...

An Interview with Anne Enright

Ireland's fiction laureate talks about sex and death in Ireland; Pope John Paul II's 1979 visit to the country; Kafka and kids; and her new novel, 'The Green Road.'

The Age of the Crisis of Man

Many modern American thinkers have asked, often and with anxiety, "What is man?" In his latest book, Mark Greif thinks we've outgrown this—and it's a good thing.

'One Moment of Reality'

During the last months of her life, Katherine Mansfield conceived of a different kind of writing—“stories that I would not be ashamed to show to God.”

Why the Romantics Matter

In his final book, the late Peter Gay expands familiar notion of the Romantic rebellion against Enlightenment rationality, to the focus on artistic self-expression.

Poem | The Instants

After last night’s rain, the world begun again—you know what I mean, you have been here often...

Robomance

Alex Garland's "Ex Machina" is a deceptive movie about deceptions, most of all about the very human tendency to deceive oneself in order to feel needed.

Road to Nowhere

From "Mad Men"'s central narrative vision—a conjuring of 1960s advertisers at work and play—some plotlines meandered this way and that, only to hit a dead end.

The Republic of Imagination

Iranian author Azar Nafiri defends the value of canonical American literature—its imagination and humanity—against Common Core, market analyses, and Babbitt.

An Interview with Kirstin Valdez Quade

The award-winning author of the story collection 'Night at the Fiestas' talks about her influences, the importance of empathy in fiction, and washing altar cloths.

Common Hells, Private Heavens

Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell each has its own floor. Evoking horror, repentance and beatitude, more than 40 African artists exhibit a new look at Dante and divinity.
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Book Reviews

The Myth, the Monk, the Man

September 2, 2015 | 0 comments

Letter from Rome

September 2, 2015 | 1 comment

Hungry for Souls

August 31, 2015 | 4 comments

Iran & the Case for Realism

August 31, 2015 | 0 comments

Bought & Paid For

August 25, 2015 | 19 comments

Bring Back the Gallows?

August 24, 2015 | 3 comments

The State of Catholic Marriage

August 20, 2015 | 5 comments

Mercy for the Remarried

August 2, 2015 | 105 comments