2009-06-19

Date: 
Friday, June 19, 2009

Riding with Abdul

Heat waves rise from the sun-burnt landscape as I rest in the shade of a stone column. I am in the Syrian countryside, walking in the ruins of the Roman city of...

Summer Reading

LAURETTA O'CONNOR Have you ever gone across the sea to Ireland? I have not, but friends who have made the crossing many times insist that Pete McCarthy’s McCarthy’...

Up from Conservatism

There is a poignant account of the sociologist Richard Sennett, then a radical young academic, upbraiding the great liberal elder statesman, Lionel Trilling. “You...

Either/Or

Serious thought about what there is and what it’s like leads in the end to one of two conclusions: Christ or nothing. Christ-centered trinitarianism sees Jesus, the...

For Better & for Worse

Andrew Cherlin, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University, is one of America’s leading experts on the family. After closely tracking developments for the past three...

Tempered Iron

Note to the reader: This review was written before the terrible accident that ended the life of Mike Tyson’s young daughter. I’m letting the piece stand as written...

Northern Light

Amid the greatest worldwide financial meltdown since the Great Depression, there have been few examples of sound financial management and regulation. Public...

The Wall Street Meltdown

The catastrophic collapse in our financial system was a morality play in three acts. It reminds us why the Bible begins with the story of Adam and Eve.Act I: In...

Disgrace

Last winter, I wrote for these pages about reports of religious abuse at Guantánamo (“The Secret Weapon,” December 5, 2008). Among the abuses that had been reported...

A Slow Death

On January 17, 1977, spree killer Gary Gilmore was taken to an abandoned cannery behind the state prison in Utah. Strapped to an old wooden office chair, he stared...

Rules Are Not Enough

When President Barack Obama said he judged “empathy” to be a desirable quality in a Supreme Court appointee, he set off a discussion that was as confused as it was...

Episcopal Vacancy

The U.S. Catholic bishops, who meet June 17-19 in San Antonio, must find a way to inspire as well as to lead an increasingly polarized and alienated flock. Sadly,...