2011-10-21

Date: 
Friday, October 21, 2011

Mourners or Bridesmaids?

Detail, wall painting from the Temple of the Palmyrene Gods, Dura-Europos, ca. 239 CE, © 2011 Yale University Art GalleryIn 1931, a team of archaeologists...

Wasn’t It Bad Enough?

The Lodz ghetto was the second largest Jewish ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland, with some 230,000 residents at the time of its establishment, to whom in 1941 the...

Go Gamecocks

Early this summer, as the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox battled for bragging rights in the American League’s Eastern Division, my home was a house divided...

War Torn

It might seem odd to apply the term “understated” to a documentary that features gritty combat footage: gunfire- and explosion-wracked images from conflicts that...

A Natural

The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach’s excellent first novel, opens with a scene of athletic and aesthetic appreciation. Mike Schwartz, the starting catcher for the...

And the Winner Is...

Only a reporter could have written The Submission, an acutely topical and realistic novel about the rancorous debate unleashed when a Muslim wins a competition to...

Job One

Zero and 9.1. Those figures aren’t the won-lost record of the Boston Red Sox during the final week of this year’s baseball season. They are the Labor Department’s...

Something More

There have been a number of recent articles and reviews that suggest the reason people cling to religious faith is their fear of death, and that the primary role of...

American Oracle

Seldom have the man and the moment come together more felicitously than in the life of Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971). His furrowed brow and intense, arresting gaze...

Their Antlers Are Too Big

Robert H. Frank is a Cornell economist who is happy to rethink the axioms of his trade when they don’t square with real-world outcomes. To appreciate how refreshing...

Party Crashers

You have to hand it to the Republicans: They’ve found a way to make primary debates interesting. Credit for this achievement is due not to the candidates, who have...

The Nick and Dick Show

I. Intro   I am the whiskey sloshing in a keg lashed to a mule and bound forever West. My muleteer has one eye and one leg. Sooner than you, he’ll lay me down...