2011-09-09

Date: 
Friday, September 9, 2011

Ten Years Later

In what is sadly a rare show of national solidarity, former President George W. Bush will join President Barack Obama at “Ground Zero” in lower Manhattan on...

Who’s in Charge Here?

Masiji, my husband’s eighty-four-year-old aunt, has been living with us for the past five years. She shares a room with her sister, my husband’s mother, who is...

Religion Booknotes

Mercy without BordersThe Catholic Worker and ImmigrationMark and Louise ZwickPaulist Press, $19.95, 272 pp.For more than three decades Mark and Louise Zwick have...

Oh, Mija!

It was after 1 p.m. when we finally made it to the crowded McDonald’s on Times Square. My parents, two younger brothers, and I were caked with stinging white powder...

‘Tree of Life,’ divine suffering, etc.

 Model Review With his brilliant review of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (August 12), Richard Alleva provides further evidence that he is the most gifted...

Greased Palms

The John Jay College report on the “causes and context” of the sexual-abuse crisis in the U.S. Catholic Church frequently takes the news media to task. Journalists...

Commander-in-Chief of Nuance

Of George W. Bush’s many obtuse utterances, few were more revealing than one he made to Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes in January 2007. Asked about the precarious...

Saint Sebastian

Blood feeds on red marrow to surge and rip through bone and be the fuel our bark sails on, bodies of water and their memories come to land heavy laden with...

Poetryland

For some years now David Orr has been a frequent commentator on poets and poetry for the New York Times Book Review. He is himself a poet, and this short, lively...

Almost Us

A cosmic sci-fi parable shot on an earthbound budget of $150,000, Another Earth stars Brit Marling as Rhoda Williams, a high-school senior newly accepted by MIT....

Continental Divide

When Harold Macmillan was asked what caused him the greatest difficulty while he was prime minister of the United Kingdom, he replied simply, “Events.” In the past...

Truth Deficit

It is not uncommon for a parent being pestered by a child to purchase a toy to say something like, “Mommy can’t buy it because she didn’t bring enough money.” The...