2012-11-23

Date: 
Friday, November 23, 2012

Silence, Please

Before becoming one of the four horsemen of the “new atheist” apocalypse, the late Christopher Hitchens made his debut as an antireligious provocateur with his...

Ants

This is the earth beforeanyone laughed.This is the persistent prehistoricrepublic rising up along the wall,escaping the rising groundwater tryingnot to drown. ...

Homegrown Modernity

Studies of China’s engagement with the outside world have been with us for well over a century. Those written in the West used to reflect an established orthodoxy,...

Limited View

When a natural disaster looms, people look to religion for hope, for relief, for answers to difficult questions about what “acts of God” have to do with...

Love Among the Ruins

The time-travel action film Looper closely resembles James Cameron’s 1984 sci-fi classic The Terminator, reiterating that film’s futuristic vision of a murderous...

‘A Colossal Genius’

There is a lot to dislike about G. K. Chesterton, both the man and his work. He was a mama’s boy who moved from being coddled by his mother to being babied by his...

Get Thee from the Nunnery

When I came into my “Introduction to Shakespeare” classroom on Good Friday, students all over the room were animatedly talking. “Did you see the demonstration in...

Until Daybreak

In the days leading up to last year’s Hurricane Irene, media coverage was relentless and shrill: Irene, we were told, had the potential to be the storm of the...

Decent, Respectable & Empty

Rarely has a sequel excited such eager anticipation as Hilary Mantel’s follow-up to her bestselling and Booker Prize–winning Wolf Hall, her novel of the court of...

The legacy of Vatican II, the safety of fracking

Lay HandsRegarding “Bishops or Branch Managers?” by John Wilkins (October 12): What’s so interesting about the books and articles being published around the...

From Every Angle

Anyone asked where to begin reading Henry James is likely to suggest, as I did recently, The Portrait of a Lady. Though he preceded it with two splendid short...

A Riskier Discourse

“Can we talk about abortion?” Dennis O’Brien, Peter Steinfels, and Cathleen Kaveny asked in a noteworthy exchange in Commonweal (September, 23, 2011). Let me jump...