2008-01-18

Date: 
Friday, January 18, 2008

Fractured

Some novelists, playwrights, and filmmakers (Shaw, Voltaire, Jean-Luc Godard) work closer to the vein of the essayist than the storyteller. They may be able to...

Lost & Found

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Norton, Warm greetings from the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Paris.... The woman at the hotel with whom you left M. S.’s wallet...

Shock & Awe

Ten years ago, at the age of twenty-four, the African-American artist Kara Walker became the youngest person to win a MacArthur Fellowship (the so-called genius...

Reformer & Racialist

Recently, a friend sent a color postcard from Poland, showing Pope Benedict XVI waving to a crowd and proclaiming: “The church looks upon the past with serenity,...

Cracked

Last month the Supreme Court ruled that a federal judge was free to set aside sentencing guidelines that imposed much stiffer penalties for crack-cocaine offenses...

Uncommon Opportunity

Where is the moderate Muslim voice? Political commentators have repeatedly asked this question in the cacophony of the “war on terror” and amid daily news reports...

The New Atheists

The recent reports of Mother Teresa’s long dark night made more news than they should have, I thought. Then I had second thoughts: this might lead to a serious...

An Intellectual Magpie

If asked, most people would surely agree that Shakespeare was a thinker. Even the generally received picture of Shakespeare, featuring that prominent forehead,...

Religion Booknotes

God’s Gift Giving In Christ and through the Spirit Kevin Seasoltz Continuum, $24.95, 246 pp. As Kevin Seasoltz points out in the opening pages of God’s Gift...

PVS, the future of the priesthood, Gene McCarthy

GOOD ETHICS Thanks to my religious brother, Daniel Sulmasy, for his article “Preserving Life?” (December 7, 2007). By providing the context for the August 1 Vatican...

Evangelicals & Politics

Charles Marsh’s book joins the lengthening list of volumes rushed into print by what might be called an elite-media panic over the power of the Christian Right. The...

Painting Hope

Philadelphia is not always a city of brotherly love. It recently registered the highest number of homicides in the nation. That’s why my mother didn’t want me to...