2005-09-09

Date: 
Friday, September 9, 2005

The Dead Need Us

A little over four months ago, my wife of nearly forty years died. It is the worst thing I have ever experienced; and yet also the most powerful-and in some...

Skin

Augustine

The key to understanding James J. O’Donnell’s biography of Augustine is the word “new” in the subtitle. He remarks that Augustine...

Scattered Shadows

In 1959, a thirty-nine-year-old white Texan who was a Catholic convert contrived to masquerade as a black man by ingesting chemicals and using infrared lamps...

Alec Guinness

One can almost feel charitable toward George Lucas-perhaps even forgive him for the sheer tedium of the most recent installment of the Star Wars saga, Revenge...

Squandered Victory

When a final accounting of the U.S. war in Iraq is toted up, we may learn why so many things went wrong. How did the best-equipped, most powerful army in the...

The Letters of Robert Lowell

Although he was honored from the start as the leading American poet of his generation, Robert Lowell lived what was, in important respects, a terrible life....

Like a Prayer

For the better part of the last month my iPod has served as little more than a delivery vehicle for the music of Sufjan Stevens, a thirty-year-old Brooklyn-...

Home Alone

It was in Detroit that I first realized a career in lay ministry requires not only plenty of self-care, but other intrepid souls with whom to share the trip....

Teach the Children Well

My daughter Anna and I used to share a peculiar fascination with a radio call-in show whose host hectored and scolded her callers for their failures as parents...