2008-10-24

Date: 
Friday, October 24, 2008

Articles in this issue

Work of Human Hands

My grandfather was a baseball player. I learned this as a young boy when he snagged a blazing line drive hit into the stands at an Oneonta Yankees game—and in the...

Catholic voters, Michelle Obama, Anglican unity

INFORMED CONSCIENCE I hope a forthcoming issue of Commonweal will forcefully dispel the notion that Catholics are somehow required by moral imperative to vote as a...

A Battle of Wills

In a 1970 letter to the editor of Commonweal, a graduate student named Jean Bethke Elshtain defended Jesuit priest and social activist Dan Berrigan against what the...

Highly Contagious

If the word “monks” wedged into the title above sets off a warning bell for you, I am sympathetic. You too may be tired of the endless number of “spirituality”...

Acts of Apostles

Marilynne Robinson is, above all else, a novelist of transfigured reality. In her fiction, the everyday is made eternal through humble, reverent attention to places...

Someone Else's Pain

Dozens of books have appeared about the U.S. invasion, occupation, destruction, and inept reconstruction of Iraq. Generals, ordinary soldiers, journalists,...

Full Stop

The novelist Julian Barnes’s new book, Nothing to Be Frightened Of, is a memoir about dying, death, and the fear of death. Since nobody remembers his own...

Fanfare for an Uncommon Man

St. Thomas More is claimed as a patron by, among others, lawyers, statesmen, widowers, and step-parents—and by people like me who belong to none of those categories...

Light as a Feather

In his younger days the Czech film director Jiří Menzel was a tightrope walker, once giving moviegoers a glimpse of his skill when he played an acrobat in his own...

The Church Bells of Easter

Most readers regard the sensibility of Anton Chekhov, the innovative Russian dramatist and modern master of the short story, as thoroughly secular, and the famous...

‘I Don't Want It'

It was 4:15 p.m. when my nurse gave me a “heads up” about the next patient. With a weary expression, she showed me a note affixed to the chart. “Mother is in...

Help Wanted

Though most Americans don’t realize it, for the past three decades real wages in the United States have not risen. In 2007 the hourly wage of the average American...