We just posted our whole September 23 issue online, featuring the editors on Georgetown’s effort to atone for its role in the slave trade, Anthony Domestico’s Bookmarks column about Joy Williams and Mary Rakow, and John Rodden and John P. Rossi’s story about George Orwell’s ethical sensibility, Commonweal, and the history of American Catholicism.
Eugene McCarraher reviews two books by Jason Moore and Jedediah Purdy, both of which reckon with ecological disaster under capitalism. For McCarraher, “both lack the ontological imagination that will be required to avert the worst effects of the storm-cloud of the twenty-first century.” On the other hand, John Ruskin was a prophet of ecological disaster who could inform us today. Read the whole piece here.
Richard W. Garnett writes as a conservative about why neither presidential candidate will do. “My position is more like Bartleby the Scrivener’s than Thomas More’s: ‘I would prefer not to’ vote for either of these nominees.” Read "Neither of the Above" here.
And Faith Bottum reflects on St. Anthony of Padua, a towering Catholic church in a stark Protestant prairie landscape. “In the nearly one hundred years since it was begun, St. Anthony’s has developed a kind of calmness, a gentleness beyond the defiance with which the church was built.” Read "Prairie Romanesque" here.
See the full table of contents here.