2009-10-09

Date: 
Friday, October 9, 2009

Articles in this issue

Cross Examination

I have been a religious sister for more than thirty years, part of a community that has been active in this country for over a century, and whose work centers on...

Irena

When she first moved into our neighborhood in Flushing, New York, in November 1954, with her husband and two young sons, Irena quickly became known as the woman who...

Assessing Blame

Human Smoke The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization Nicholson Baker Simon & Schuster, $16, 576 pp. Refugees and Rescue The Diaries and...

Unread White Males

When Henry James wrote, “It’s a complex fate, being an American,” he must have had the subject of Alex Beam’s book in mind. James would have savored its opening...

Conceits & Ribaldries Included

Twitter is altering the way we live (or so a Time magazine cover story has informed us). Google is digitizing entire libraries. A blogger for the Web-only...

Sequestered No More

Who are your peers? Or, more precisely, whom do you consider your peers? And are they the same folks you would want to sit in judgment of you on a jury? These...

Incompatible Freedoms?

Reasonable people can disagree about the merits of same-sex marriage. Reasonable people should recognize, though, that the adoption of same-sex marriage will bring...

Something Freely Given

The simple habit of saying “thank you,” and the notion of gratitude that underlies it, can be a key to understanding many of the basic assumptions, preferences, and...

America's Blind Spot

The concept of the common good, ancient in origin, would seem on the face of it an ideal foundation for health-care reform. We all get sick and depend on others to...

A Package Deal

As an Orthodox parish priest I've seen lots of deaths. The hardest was the death of a two-year-old. Older people, especially the elderly, were often resigned and...

One in Six

When Norman Borlaug died last month at the age of ninety-five, the Economist called the Norwegian-American plant pathologist the “feeder of the world.”Borlaug's...

Feminism explained; achievements sung

WHAT BRAND OF FEMINISM?Kathleen Sprows Cummings has written a very entertaining essay on the tensions and compatibilities between feminism and Catholicism (“Do...