2012-05-18

Date: 
Friday, May 18, 2012

Greeneland

Librarians may have problems deciding where to shelve Pico Iyer’s book. The Library of Congress notes at the beginning provide information rather than enlightenment...

Wasps

Ripe plums and the hibiscusare their swag and nothingcan withstand their slash and wheel.Like the machine gun and the spiteful neighborthey repeat and repeat again—...

Altitude Sickness

In The Poetry of Thought, George Steiner announces his theme variously as “the dialogue I am trying to listen in on as between metaphysics and literature,” “the...

‘Mommy Wars’ & Money Worries

Last month, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen claimed stay-at-home-mom Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life.” Controversy ensued. But instead of fighting a...

A Naïve Science

I often hear a fellow senior citizen declare, “I wish I’d spent more time with my family.” In fact he easily could have, but preferred golf, or working overtime, or...

The Flip Side of Subsidiarity

Over the course of three days in March, the Supreme Court spent six hours hearing oral arguments about the most significant achievement of Barack Obama’s first term...

Psalm 91

1.     He presides in supreme concealment:         who can bide in Shaddai’s shadow!2.  ...

Doers of the Word

Lectors for Pentecost Sunday probably do a little more practice than usual so that they won’t trip over the names of the cities and provinces listed by Luke in Acts...

Religious freedom, prairie jewel, celibates’ sex advice

For the DefenseThank you for criticizing the U.S. Catholic bishops’ misguided religious-freedom campaign (“Partisan Dangers,” May 4). In Geneva I teach a course...

Old Glory

This collection of essays constitutes a how-to manual for people who sense something deeply wrong with the current bipartisan consensus on American power, but can’t...

A Crush on God

I meet him at a building at the top of a steep hill. A trickle of men, all of them clean-cut and casually dressed for the Berkeley summer, flows in and out of the...

Text & Subtext

The theme of father-son conflict has figured richly in movies, often bearing a conspicuously manly aspect. Consider the generational face-offs in Cat on a Hot Tin...