2009-10-23

Date: 
Friday, October 23, 2009

Fr. Nonomen

On page 12 of this issue we introduce an occasional column by a parish priest that we think will address many of the concerns and interests of our readers. Parish...

An Added Dimension

Thomas Berry (1914–2009), the American cultural historian and “eco-theologian” who relished exploring natural boundaries and broadening religious understanding,...

Catching Fire

Mary Karr’s career as a memoirist began in the aftermath of a fire. When she was seven years old, her mother suffered a psychotic breakdown. Mary and her sister...

Jubilant Haste

A few years ago, I began mixing up my walking regimen with intervals of running, working my slow way up to running a mile at a time, and then—eventually—to four....

An Eternal Now

Is there anyone who cares for painting and does not love Johannes Vermeer (1632-75)? The light of days long gone streaming through casement windows into intimate...

Pointless Counterpoint

Richard Powers is that rare fiction writer more concerned with the mysteries of science than with the mysteries of character. His novels, including The Gold Bug...

A Man for This Season

Among the protagonists in the pageant of English history, the Tudors are generally painted in lurid colors. In the English popular imagination—influenced by five...

Odd Couple

The Hawk and the Dove is a composite biography told through the story of Paul Nitze’s and George Kennan’s divergent stances on U.S. policy during the Cold War. Each...

The Limits of Neutrality

Academically inclined readers familiar with Michael J. Sandel’s work will find little new in his latest book. But that’s not the point. Justice: What’s the Right...

Dying Light

Somewhere within Jane Campion's unmistakable gift for filmmaking resides a diffidence. She would rather dreamily contemplate her characters than sound their depths...

Secular Sabbath

Over the past two decades, few writers have charmed as many critics and readers as the British novelist Ian McEwan. He is probably best known for his 2001 novel...

Feeding the Hungry

Whenever I read an article that advocates refusing the Eucharist to people whose public politics conflict with church teachings, it worries me. I find I have a lot...