2010-07-16

Date: 
Friday, July 16, 2010

Say It Ain't So, Jo...

ON THE MARK I want you to know that your last two issues have struck me as more superb than usual. Congratulations to staff and contributors for such excellence!...

Humane Society?

Three years ago, in response to an article on vegetarianism that I published in this magazine (“All We Can Eat?” July 13, 2007), Andrew Linzey sent me an e-mail...

Mind the Gap

What if someone told you that a single reform could reduce this country’s rates of mental illness, obesity, and homicide by two-thirds; teenage birthrates by half;...

Taking Liberties

During the high Middle Ages, poems written on the “Matter of France”—that is, tales of the paladins of Charlemagne and of Count Roland (or Orlando) in particular—...

Consider the Buttercup

Consider the buttercup—It has nothing to do—To be is enoughFor the buttercup 

My Angels Are Dark

My angels are darkThey are slaves in the marketBut I see how beautiful they are 

O We Are Many

 O we are many Some too fat Others too skinny Take us back For God’s sake 

The Vatican Top Ten

I have been working for MTV Networks for fifteen years and have written several books about rock ’n’ roll. I never expected to find the church trampling in my...

The Catholic Hitchcock

“I don’t think I can be labeled a Catholic artist,” the director Alfred Hitchcock told François Truffaut, “but it may be that one’s early upbringing influences a...

A Reckoning

Republican lawmakers have declared that President Barack Obama’s new health-care law will literally bankrupt the nation, driving small businesses into ruin and...

Mourning Glory

Public expressions of grief, even at their most authentic, are a kind of performance. The tears may come spontaneously, but if we let others watch us cry it’s...

Sympathy for the Devil

Dante’s Inferno stands on its head in the mildly amusing, candy-colored series Neighbors from Hell, the first original primetime animated entertainment from the...