2009-12-18

Date: 
Friday, December 18, 2009

The Buck Starts Here

It seems plausible that payback time has arrived for the international financial community. The principal obstacle to this happening at the moment is the Barack...

Noël Provençal

Christmas in Provence is a spectacular affair. Lights and decorations go up as early as the end of November for the saision des fêtes. In December, vendors at the...

Converts to a Cause

A doctor best known for performing late-term abortions is gunned down while he and his wife are faithfully ministering in their Lutheran church on a Sunday morning...

Displaced Souls

Throughout the twentieth century, lively American fiction writers with a social conscience—among them Jean Toomer, William Carlos Williams, Tillie Olsen, and Grace...

Between Silence & Sound

The poet Marie Ponsot has always written at the top of her talent, which is at the top of the art. From the outset, she has imagined the making of a poem in its...

Feeding the Multitudes

Your eyes and ears tell you that Scenes from a Parish is a documentary. So does a source that might be more reliable: PBS. Had it not been so, you might swear that...

Transformers

Jim Carrey as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol done in 3-D and motion-capture animation? I bah-humbugged on the way to the box office but was surprised and conquered by...

Misery Will Never End

He was buried in January, in an icy fog, at eight in the morning—about the time when they shoot those condemned to death.There were quite a few people there—from...

Unlikely Prophets

The years just before and after World War II saw breakthroughs in theology that had major impact on Vatican II. For centuries the church had been waging a defensive...

Democracy Undone

Honduras is one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere—a land, it has been said, where even the rich are poor. A casual observer might expect...

A Modest Miracle

The stars may—just—be aligned to squeeze a national health-care bill out of Congress within the next month or two. Both houses have (barely) passed bills, and now...

Business as Usual?

“I am sorry that there has been no opportunity to alert you earlier to this,” the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, wrote in an October 20 letter to fellow...