2008-04-25

Date: 
Friday, April 25, 2008

Articles in this issue

Luke Acts

Catholics with long memories know the pre-Vatican II parish “mission.” On for two or three weeks, it had a portion for children, a week exclusively...

Moving the Soil

Many books meant to serve as introductions to philosophy tend to have roughly the same effect as the average introductory undergraduate course in the subject: the...

Rice Guy

Rice would appear to be an innocuous food, fluffy and colorless, with a taste that does not exactly overwhelm. But readers who’ve finished Mischa Berlinski’s canny...

War, covenants, women's voices...

EUCHARIST & THE SOLDIER I agree with your editorial that “even those who fight in a just cause are implicated in that sinfulness” (“Stop It,” March 28). However...

Critical Mass

Edmund Wilson Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1920s and ’30s Library of America, $40, 958 pp. Edmund Wilson Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1930s and ’40s...

Weighed & Weighted

Geoffrey Hill’s new book takes its title from Milton’s Treatise of Civil Power in Ecclesiastical Causes (1659), but it might just as well be called Recent Poems....

Anecdotal Evidence

The rise(s) and fall(s) of neoconservatism is an oft-told tale. So why do we need to hear it again? Three decades ago, Peter Steinfels offered a fair-minded but...

Warriors' Code

The opening sequence of the new Iraq war film Stop-Loss portrays a U.S. Army squad caught in a terrifying firefight in the streets of Mosul. Where was this scene...

Hayek, Novak & the Limits of Laissez Faire

When laissez-faire economists believe in God, they are usually certain that he is one of them. The invisible hand of the market is, they think, also the hand of...

Pomp & Piety

Recently my son made his First Holy Communion. I use capital letters because everything about the event seemed to demand formality. All of the girls appeared in...

A Stirring at the Border

In the upcoming presidential election, the defining issues for the Democrats seem to be the economy, health care, and Iraq; and, for the Republicans, the economy,...

Found, Not Made

One of the advantages of living in my Queens neighborhood is that on weekday mornings I get to watch little children heading toward their elementary school with...