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New Issue, Now Live

The new issue is now live; check it out here. Among the highlights: Daniel Callahan reflects on his religion and his time at Harvard and Yale, Fr. Nonomen examines the loss of good priests, and Richard Alleva reviews The Master. Also, Gabriel Young on Lebanon's fragile unity, and E.J. Dionne's latest column, on the role of heartland voters in this year's election.

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Except for the sad old gnarled querulous tree-like woman in the poem, this issue is all about men. Unless Mollie wrote the editorial, this issue is all BY men.Column: A man writing about other men.Editorial: An editor writing about a man. Short Takes: A man writing about a man. A man writing about a man.Screen: A man writing about men.Books: A man writing about a book by a man about men.A man writing about a book by a man about men.A man writing about a book by a man about men.A man writing about a book by a man about men.Poetry: A man writing about . . . . . . . . a woman. Article: A man writing about himself.The Last Word: A man writing about men.

I was hoping to find a penetrating article in this issue about the administration's handling of the attack on our Lybian embassy, many weeks ago. I guess it is somewhere on the cutting room floor.

There are some days that you are damned if you do and damned if you don't.

Bernard Prusak's review of Michael Walzer, "In God's Shadow" brings to the attention of anyone interested in some deep thinking about religion and politics what appears to be a first-rate book. Walzer has a fine reputation. This latest of his works, Prusak shows, deserves a serious audience.By the way, Pursak's review might well be read in connection with the Paul Griffeths piece from the previous issue of Commonweal. As Ann and I have said on another thread, each of us in our own ways is not taken with the concluding section of Griffiths piece. Assuming that Prusak has Walzer right, Walzer gives us good reason to walk carefully in this area of the relationships between politics and religion.

Gerelyn --Sigh.

I was hoping there would be a penetrating article about Mitt Romney's unseen old tax returns many years ago. I guess it is somewhere on the cutting room floor.