2009-05-08

Date: 
Friday, May 8, 2009

Foote's Feat

In play after play, Horton Foote, who died in March at the age of ninety-two, made the quotidian extraordinary. He wrote more than sixty plays, including the...

Walking Backward

At the beginning of her novel The Violent Bear It Away, Flannery O’Connor describes a wild backwoods prophet, Old Tarwater, reading an article about himself written...

The Transfigured World

When St. Peter heard the cock crow early on the morning of the first Good Friday, the synoptic Gospels tell us that he went out and wept bitterly. “We are the heirs...

Where's Ludwig?

The mystery, glamour, and romance that surround the name Ludwig Wittgenstein are now part of our intellectual heritage. There were arguably a dozen other thinkers...

An Offer You Can Refuse

James Carroll is nothing if not ambitious as a writer, and in Practicing Catholic he has given us at least three books for the price of one. That is an attractive...

The Miracle Worker

When Irene Gut Opdyke, a Polish Catholic, immigrated to the United States in 1949, she was not yet thirty years old. Like so many Europeans who had survived the...

Scriptural Soap

It’s extreme-makeover time for a portion of the Old Testament—and the results are pretty swanky. Kings, a recently launched NBC drama, sets the story of David and...

Looking for Sparks

The more movie gangsters change, the more they stay the same. In the 1930s they were Irish (The Public Enemy) and Italian (Little Caesar, Paul Muni’s Scarface)....

Borderline

Throughout recorded history, people have migrated in search of a better life. They have walked jaw-dropping distances, across ice and desert, mountains and valleys...

To the Visible World

I knew that someday I would find myself writing this essay. I just didn’t think it would be yet. If you’d put money on which American writer of the postwar...

Messy Love

The Globe and Mail is the Canadian equivalent of the New York Times. It is a Toronto-based paper (one of four), but it shares the same spot in the national...

Bombs Away

During his campaign for the presidency, Barack Obama promised to make the goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons a central element of his administration’s nuclear...