May 2, 2014

Friday, May 2, 2014

Articles in this issue

Abe's Second Chance

Vowing to pull the nation out of the economic doldrums, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has managed to maintain the support of a still wary public.

Writing a Life

How should a fair-minded biographer deal with a literary subject’s “sensational underside,” and when does that endeavor turn into "pathography"?

The Bloody Details

Four books on the failures of moral imagination and political will, spread across the political landscape, that doomed Europe to decades of totalitarian terror.

Room at the Font

From 2005 to 2010 adult baptisms fell by 41 percent. Those losses were masked by a gain in adult receptions into full communion; then those totals began to fall too.

Deluge & Delusion

Darren Aronofsky, a master of misery, is very much in his element in 'Noah' as he envisions the sinful self-destruction of nearly the whole damned human race.

Goodbye to All That

By 1982, although nominally still a Democrat, Michael Novak had become an enthusiast for Reaganomics and for every Republican administration to follow.

Forgive Him, Father

'The Dark Box' is so suffused with anger that its author, for all his intelligence, is seldom capable of balanced historical analysis.

Out of One, Many?

The Protestant Establishment once dominated American politics and intellectual life. Then, in the course of a decade or two, its authority collapsed.

Unwarranted Certainty

An increasing number of cosmologists now believe in the existence of a multiverse. It’s a thrilling prospect; but does a multiverse really exist?

The Shape of Evil

With her ambitious second novel, Paula Huston jumps into the territory where politics and religion meet, and she's equipped with a wide-angle lens.

Poem | The Devil's Delusion

I lie on my back in the lawnchair to study / the trees claw up toward heaven. / They have all the sap I lack.

Poem | Witness

Typically cryptic, God said three weasels / slipping electric over the rocks / one current conducting them up the tree ...