2012-01-13

Date: 
Friday, January 13, 2012

An Ignatian Spirit

To write a biography of Avery Dulles (1918–2008) is to enter the vitriolic conflict over interpretations of the legacy of Vatican II, the current state and future...

The Country Of Déjà Vu

My old poems—I liked them all well enough when they were new. They came through the air, I wrote them down, and sent them on, as also I fed the birds who stopped...

Unintended Consequences

However good the reasons for our intervention in Libya, we and our allies failed to stop some terrible deeds committed by the rebels we supported. U.S. officials...

Myth & More

Myth is a necessary way of understanding, but it is deeply misunderstood. The place of myth—and its misplacing—have a lot to do with the divide between...

Religion Booknotes

“I have always loved the Holy Tongue”Isaac Casaubon, the Jews, and a Forgotten Chapter in Renaissance ScholarshipAnthony Grafton and Joanna WeinbergHarvard...

Silver & Gold

And while we are talking about fourth grade, I am reminded of Maureen McArdle’s neck in front of me in the third row, that smug smarmy neck, gloating and preening...

Objections, responsibility & food for thought

Pseudoprophets I was disappointed to find Andrew Bacevich agreeing with Robert Imbelli (“History, Hope, & iPhones,” October 7, 2011) that the American Catholic...

Parking Garage in January

Beneath the highway, the parking garage with its tarpaulin-tented spaces sinks away from a gray weekday, into the city’s bedrock. Shopping-cart homeless wander...

No Sweat

In the Satyricon, a Roman novel written sometime around AD 60 (probably at the court of the emperor Nero), there’s a telling scene. Three con artists who are,...

The Way He Is

Because it is far too easy in life to end up embodying something other than what we say we believe in, we should be grateful to those who hold us accountable to our...

Screen Magic

To call a successful film director a movie magician is usually just hyperbolic cliché, but Georges Méliès (1861–1938) was literally a magician of the cinema. This...

A Modus Vivendi?

During the 1960s, nearly 80 percent of adult Americans were married. A recent analysis of U.S. census data reported that only 52 percent of adult Americans were...