What the world needs now is hobbits." That’s what Bob Shaye, CEO of New Line Cinema, said at a public forum in New York City following mass murder at the World Trade Center. His remarks were greeted with hisses and derision (New Yorker, October 22). Perhaps cynics in the audience thought it a tasteless plug for New Line’s forthcoming The Lord of the Rings films. But Shaye is right. That art affords an opportunity to withdraw from the "...
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Daria Donnelly (1959-2004) was an associate editor of Commonweal from 2000 to 2004. In 2002, after having been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, she became associate editor (at large) and co-editor of the poetry section.