2010-11-19

Date: 
Friday, November 19, 2010

Christopher Lasch; leaving the church

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON Regarding Casey Nelson Blake’s profile of Christopher Lasch (“Historian, Critic, Prophet,” October 22): I was born in 1936; Lasch in 1932....

Gate of Heaven

I wasn’t raised Catholic, but even after I became one, I used to think of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as something outdated and hyper-pious—an...

Religion Booknotes

CompassionLoving Our Neighbor in an Age of GlobalizationMaureen H. O’ConnellOrbis, $32, 256 pp.Originally written by Maureen H. O’Connell as a dissertation,...

The Bible, Rated R

Suddenly, everybody is reading the Bible, and not only to themselves. The Bible Experience started the trend a few years ago. TBE is a set of CDs—publisher...

Big Poppy

Some writers tower over their age while others merge with it. Wordsworth and Coleridge stand like beacons over the early nineteenth century, while a writer like...

The Things He Carried

In Hemingway’s short story “The Three-Day Blow,” young Nick Adams and his pal Bill Smith sit around on a brisk fall afternoon, sipping Irish whiskey and talking...

Border Crossings

“Who shall find a valiant woman?” the Book of Proverbs asked, until the modernizing translators of the NSRV updated it to “a capable wife.” Well, there have been...

Survivors

To summarize the plot of Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter is to falsify the experience of seeing the film. So I’ll keep it brief. Marie (Cécile De France), a French TV...

Slow Fade

In a July interview with NBC, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs sought to counter charges that the Obama administration has not done much to change the...

Homecoming

The dead whom I called forth in poems stayed the night and show no signs of leaving yet.   I cancel appointments to spend the time with them before they thin...

Consider the Day (Mt 6:34)

           Consider the day,            how it begins where...

At the Limits

Raimundo Panikkar died at his home near Barcelona on August 21. He was ninety-one. Panikkar lived and taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for...