2009-05-22

Date: 
Friday, May 22, 2009

The Final Hunger

Everything in nature, I’m beginning to believe, discovers its destiny in its hungers, defines its nature in that which alone can answer to its profoundest longing....

Stranded

Michel Agier, director of research at the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), recognizes that for most readers, “alarm calls” about the needs of the...

The Original Peaceniks

In his new history of Christian nonviolence from World War I to Vietnam, Joseph Kip Kosek asks what this movement has offered American democracy, and how much of...

Oops

Book publishing schedules are cruel. Robert J. Samuelson, a Newsweek columnist and self-confessed “slow writer,” most likely started on this book in 2005 or so when...

Who's the Boss?

King of the Bowery is a lively, scholarly account of the life and times of Timothy J. Sullivan, a.k.a. Big Tim—a moniker that described Sullivan’s physical and...

Late Edition

As I write this it is 7:37 a.m., and I’ve just finished reading the morning paper. I started at 7:31 a.m. And I’m no speed reader. Our city’s paper, the Hartford...

Meeting a "Monster"

Matthew’s Gospel, the source of the Catholic “corporal works of mercy,” includes “visiting the imprisoned,” probably the least practiced of them all. I have only...

How Is the Bible True?

It seems an obvious thing to say that Christians read the Bible in order to search for truth; that we do not read these ancient texts simply as a source of arcane...

Simple Lives

Recent news stories highlighting a growing trend among single women to form intentional communities along spiritual or religious lines make one wonder: Are we...

Temperate Zone

At the Fifth Summit of the Americas last month, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela seemed to be everywhere. The New York Times illustrated its story on the meeting...

Too Much Information

When I was in high school, teachers emphasized the need to be “well informed,” to read newspapers—that was essential to being a good citizen.I didn’t need to be...

Shoes of the Fisherman

In his four-year pontificate, Benedict XVI has managed several major and costly missteps, particularly in his relationships with Muslims and Jews. Fortunately, he...