2010-10-22

Date: 
Friday, October 22, 2010

Getting Wet

I came early to this year’s Easter Vigil. I wanted to get a seat in the back, right beside the baptismal font. I was not being baptized that night. I was not the...

Unpredictable Alliances

In 1894 Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a rising star on the French General Staff, was accused of spying for Germany. The evidence pointing to Dreyfus was flimsy and his...

God’s Chosen People

Old geezers tend to collect things: coins or stamps, memories or tall tales. Much to my wife’s dismay, I collect vintage copies of Life magazine, dozens of which...

Getting Along

In American Grace, co-authors Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell set out to resolve a puzzle: Why is it that America’s religious diversity hasn’t produced as...

A World of False Choices

Nine years ago, Jonathan Franzen published The Corrections, his third novel but the first to make an impact on the world of American fiction. That impact was...

Ike Was Right

In October 2009, I had the pleasure of attending an Ideas Festival sponsored by the Aspen Institute and the Atlantic. Nearly all the country’s major figures in...

Curmudgeon on Safari

Born in 1932 into a middle-class Indian family in colonial Trinidad, the novelist V. S. Naipaul began by writing about his home, then proceeded to the wide world...

‘The Game’s On’

In an age of Google Earth and Twitter, when Facebook knows more about you than your mother does, and advertisers track your every move online, would anyone have...

Overachievers

Has there ever been a public crisis less accessible to the camera than the 2008 bursting of our financial bubble? After all, money never sleeps, as the subtitle of...

Historian, Critic, Prophet

“There is only one cure for the malady that afflicts our culture,” the late Christopher Lasch wrote, “and that is to speak the truth about it.” Historian, critic,...

Puppy Love

Nipples, precise As a dog’s dugs Suckle him

Further Adrift

It is not often that someone at a New York dinner party calls for a count of religious affiliations, and I cannot recall exactly what led to it. But one guest...