2011-08-12

Date: 
Friday, August 12, 2011

Selling Our Souls

Confronting the twentieth century, Catholicism stood fast. This was its mission: church as bulwark against the disorders afflicting the age. The excitement of...

Exit Strategy

The drawdown of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, announced by President Barack Obama on June 22, is fraught with uncertainty and risk. In a country where armed...

Death & Taxes

When David Foster Wallace committed suicide in 2008, he left behind the fragments of an unfinished novel, tentatively titled The Pale King. Searching the writer’s...

Protecting Religious Freedom

The Catholic Church is strenuously—some would say obsessively—opposed to the legalization of same-sex marriage. How persuasively is the church making its case? Is...

An Oasis

By the time Ali (not his real name) reached Azerbaijan, the most difficult part of his long journey was supposed to be over. He had left his father, wife, and one-...

An Unimaginable Intimacy

One early morning not long ago I woke with a strange physical sense of myself as the product of eons, rather than my usual tired twenty-first-century self. In the...

Language, liturgy & baseball

Levels Of TranslationRita Ferrone’s critique of the new English translation of the Roman Missal (“It Doesn’t Sing,” July 15) is an expert reflection on its...

Channeling the Sin-Eater

If, as Samuel Beckett wrote, all poetry is prayer, my devotions began in earnest thirty-some years ago when a habit of reading poems begat the practice of writing...

The Sin-Eater

Argyle the sin-eater came the day after— a narrow, hungry man whose laughter and the wicked upturn of his one eyebrow put the local folks in mind of trouble. But...

Argyle’s Retreat

Great hosts of basking sharks and shoals of mackerel, like breathren in the one Creation, swam together in the seas around Loop Head Point, free of those long-...

Argyle in Agony

Some sins Argyle couldn’t stomach much.Sins against virgin girls and animals, women bearing children, men gone blind from all but self-abusive reasons gave him...

Breaking News

If you took the DNA of the movies Broadcast News and The Thirty-Nine Steps, added a pinch of Mad Men mystique, and mixed it all together in an art deco cocktail...