2008-11-21

Date: 
Friday, November 21, 2008

Uncoupled

During the past few years, I have read several accounts of bereavement written by widowers. The authors narrate their experience in detail, and then speak of the...

Bitter Pill

For Catholics of a certain age, John Rock’s name evokes distant battles. Popularly viewed as the “father” of the birth control pill (“stepfather” was more accurate...

All in the Family

My wife was raised Catholic and converted to Judaism six months before our wedding. Her conversion was not one of convenience or social pressure—she flirted with...

Always with Us

The prolific novelist, journalist, and essayist William Vollmann possesses a readership divided between passionate followers who laud his every book, and critics...

Cake Topper

Jonathan Demme has had a long and varied career. After stints as a film critic, movie publicist, and TV director (including an episode of Columbo), he apprenticed...

A Letter to Our Readers

Dear Commonweal Reader,It has been a tumultuous 2008, to say the least, with economic gloom, chaos in the financial markets, and a contentious election season. I’d...

The Man in Gray

When the editors of Relevant, a magazine for Evangelical hipsters, spun off a series of spiritual biographies of musicians a few years ago, they went straight for...

Catholicism & capitalism, joblessness, Sir Thomas

NO HERESY HERE For a magazine that publishes authors who consistently dissent from the moral and theological postulates of the church’s magisterium (for...

Islam & Democracy

Fall in Denmark seemed darker than usual this year, even before the Scandinavian autumn fully gave up its light. In September, street riots broke out between...

Tough Love

In Christianity, both God’s love for us and the love we are to have for one another are linked to the Cross. In his discourse at the Last Supper, Jesus said: “There...

What Flannery Knew

Forty-five years ago, Flannery O’Connor went from her home in Georgia to Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., to give a lecture during a festival marking the...

Obama's Faith

This nation faces daunting challenges both at home and abroad. In electing Sen. Barack Obama as president, the American people have turned to a man who, even his...