2012-09-14

Date: 
Friday, September 14, 2012

Two Parties, One Policy

Political parties in the United States, like a spatting couple in a bad marriage, have been fighting over the law of counterterrorism for more than a decade. And...

Boom Times Ahead?

The consensus outlook for the U.S. economy is, to put it mildly, pretty bleak. The boomers are retiring, the debt-fueled consumer-spending binge of the 2000s has...

Vicious Circles

Helping the poor in the developing world has long been a central concern of Catholics. Catholic schools collect money for the missions; parishes sponsor sister...

Executive Overreach

For campaign operatives and cable-news anchors, it is a job requirement to insist earnestly, if overconfidently, that each upcoming election is historic, realigning...

Winner Take Nothing

The Spirit of CompromiseWhy Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines ItAmy Gutmann and Dennis ThompsonPrinceton University Press, $24.95, 256 pp. Our...

Counting Down to Silence

Reviewing poetry in translation is a tricky business. Should the reviewer focus on the translation’s loyalty to the original text, or on its success as a work of...

Religion Booknotes

Infinity Dwindled to InfancyA Catholic and Evangelical ChristologyEdward T. Oakes, SJEerdmans, $44, 459 pp.What is “Catholic and Evangelical Christology”? Roughly,...

Climate facts, women at Vatican II

Point-And-Click Fact-CheckingOne would think that a certain degree of healthy skepticism would have led Richard W. Miller and Commonweal to fact-check Miller’s...

Unquarantined Grief

If a novelist were to have his protagonist reading Camus’ The Plague mere hours before learning that his wife has cancer, the irony would be cheap, a postmodernist...

The Road To Emmaus Reconsidered

their hearts burnedbecause the Scriptures burned within Himlonging to be shared like bread—Lou Ella Hickman, IWBS

Diversion at the Piano

The early winter light is so bright I can’t seethe page, as if I’m writing blind. I hearsinging and write that, following sounds. The white fog clears with no...

Witness

A stanza from Bertolt Brecht’s poem “To Those Born Later” might have served as an epigraph for Victor Serge’s memoir:I came to the cities in a time of disorderWhen...