Film & Arts


'Calvary' belongs in a select company of films that deal powerfully with the plight of a priest who finds himself at odds with his community.

The Pope and Mussolini

David Kertzer traces the church’s relationship to Italian fascism through a series of vivid biographical sketches.

The Eclipse of Equality

Solon Simmons sifts through 'Meet the Press's' archive to show how sharply Washington’s conversation over economic equality has changed over seven decades.

Poem | A Life

Her sixteenth birthday party is tonight. / In the next room, the Lord lets there be light. ...

All Joy and No Fun

Jennifer Senior’s 'All Joy and No Fun' is more serious than its playful cover implies. Why do people have children at all now that having them is not a necessity?

Mad Jack

In her biography of Siegfried Sassoon, Jean Moorcroft Wilson posits that “a study of his life is a study of his age.” In fact Sassoon’s life spanned several ages.

Small Problem, Big Solution

Do certain seemingly insignificant habits have a profound impact on our lives—on our success in school, at work, and even in our marriages?

The Time of Our Lives

The obsession with time lies at the core of Linklater’s singular new film, 'Boyhood.' In a sense it is misleading to call it new, since work on it began in 2001.

More History, Less Science

Bernard Williams’s literary and philosophical skills are well on display throughout this collection.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was one of the most eloquent religious figures of the twentieth century—a “jeweler of words,” in the estimation of one colleague.

Bookmarks | Saul Bellow, In His Son's Eyes

Greg Bellow’s memoir on coming to terms with his late father’s flaws. Also: new novels from Claire Messud and James Salter.

Two Poems | The Mowers & The Cricket

The mowers are at work on the hillside, / cutting brush with string trimmers and chattering saws, / and a haze of dust rises up around/ the crew as they labor...
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Book Reviews

In Paradise: A Novel

February 19, 2015 | 0 comments

Transformative Experience

February 19, 2015 | 0 comments

Herzl's Vision

February 9, 2015 | 0 comments

At Home in Exile

February 9, 2015 | 1 comment

Latino Pentecostals in America

February 5, 2015 | 1 comment

A Damaging Institution

February 5, 2015 | 0 comments

How Jesus Became God

January 26, 2015 | 11 comments