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May 7 issue, now online

Kenneth L. Woodward's "Church of the 'Times'" (already under discussion here) is just one of the exciting offerings in the latest issue of Commonweal. Also free for all to read:* "Thinking Again," an essay by Marilynne Robinson on the attempt to determine what we mean by "the mind" -- how (or whether) it's distinct from the brain, and how that should affect our understanding of God and the human soul* "Let 'em Shrink," our editorial on the need and the possibilities for financial regulationSubscribers (online or in print) can log in to read:* "A Bricklayer's Son," Peter Steinfels's review essay on Stanley Hauerwas and his new memoir, Hannah's Child* "A Darkening," Cathleen Kaveny's report on the D'Souza-Hitchens debate at Notre Dame -- and other, more formidable threats to Catholics' faith* "The Glory & the Grime," Eve Tushnet's review of an exhibit of Spanish religious art at the National Gallery in D.C.* "Off the Page," Richard Alleva's review of the new movies The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Kick-Ass* "Pernickety," Harold Bordwell's Last Word essay on French writer Charles Du Bos* Book reviews for every taste: Bernard Bergonzi on the new biography Muriel Spark; Michael R. Marrus on Hubert Wolf's study of the Pius XI archives; William Galston on Alan I. Abramowitz's The Disappearing Center; Jesse Lander on the latest entry in the who-wrote-Shakespeare debate; and Anthony Domestico on Peter Carey's Parrot & Olivier in America. With May upon us, remember that a subscription to Commonweal makes a great gift for graduation, confirmation, or ordination!

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Mollie Wilson O'Reilly is an editor at large and columnist at Commonweal.

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From the essay entitled "Let em Shrink": "That would force several of the nations largest banks to become smaller and, therefore, safer."While the size of a bank's (or non-bank financial institution's) on-balance-sheet asset base tends to correlate positively with systemic significance, it would seem counter to most current finance theory for it to also have a statistically significant correlation to some measure of safety. What source in the literature are you referring to for that as it would be interesting to read given its novelty?

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