2010-06-04

Date: 
Friday, June 4, 2010

A Lawyer’s Lawyer

It was my privilege to serve as Justice John Paul Stevens’s law clerk during the tumultuous 2000 term, the year the Court inserted itself into the presidential...

Religion Booknotes

Philosophy and Catholic TheologyA PrimerPhilip A. EganGlazier/Liturgical Press, $21.95, 192 pp.From the time of Leo XIII through the 1950s, the predominant...

Drawing Detroit

Criticism has not yet caught up with Brad Leithauser. At age fifty-six, he has published five volumes of accomplished verse; a long poem, Darlington’s Fall, which...

Ignatius for the Perplexed

Every so often someone sends me one of those online multiple-choice quizzes that match your personality to a Catholic religious order. No matter what questions they...

The Banality of Eagleton

 “Evil is not something we should lose too much sleep over,” according to Terry Eagleton. How much sleeplessness is just enough? In February 1993, two ten-year...

Fertile Ground

August Wilson touched off a vigorous debate in the theater world when he declared, in 1996, that “colorblind casting is an aberrant idea” and a tool of “cultural...

Secret Lives

Recently I checked in again with two directors whose films earned praise in the past. Noah Baumbach made a name for himself with The Squid and the Whale, a pithy...

Wrench

I am the head busted open with the pipe wrench, the one written about in the police briefs on grey paper that will yellow soon and curl at the edges like a new rug...

Ratzinger at Vatican II

A look at the recently re-published writings of Ratzinger during Vatican II, and how his stances on certain issues have or have not changed since becoming pope.

Coalition of the Willing

“England does not love coalitions,” the great Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli told the House of Commons, and he was right. But since last month’s general...

Hiatus

While I took Lent and Easter more seriously than ever this year—in terms of prayer, Scriptural reading, reflection, and discipline—I didn’t go to Mass. In fact, I...

Degreed & Unemployable

Economists have noted with some surprise that the United States is recovering from the “Great Recession” considerably faster than Europe. Since the crisis was more...