In addition to what we've released in advance (like Rand Richards Cooper's review of James Ponsoldt's film about David Foster Wallace The End of the Tour, Dominic Preziosi’s interview with NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, and The Editors's comments on the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East), the rest of the September 25 issue is now up on the site. Here are some highlights.
Rita Ferrone wonders why—since there are significantly fewer priests than there are sick people—non-priests can't anoint the sick. Margaret O'Brien Steinfels urges us to think papally, act locally, and consider the garbage we create. Frank Pierson tells how religious institutions and organizers in Nevada have responded to the underground sex trade deeply rooted in Las Vegas, despite the risks. In a book essay about unions and the democratic party, Steven Greenhouse reviews longtime Chicago labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan's new book about the many depressing ways American workers have been moving backward. And Mark Whitters recalls his visit to the Old Palestinian city of Hebron and the lessons in international diplomacy it (un)taught him.
Plus: Gary Greenberg reviews Alice Dreger's Galileo's Middle Finger, an account of her interviews with fellow academics who've been victims of smear campaigns largely brought on by "politcal correctness," and an analysis of the problems about science and democracy these stories reveal. Paul Lakeland reviews Kate Atkinson's companion novel to Life After Life, A God in Ruins. Gerald Russello reviews a new collection of a lifetime's worth of letters author James Agee sent to his childhood priest Father Flye. And Tom Deignan reviews Eddie Joyce’s Small Mercies, a novel that traces the affects 9/11 has had on families of service people who live on Staten Island—where 10 percent of the victims of the attacks lived.