2012-12-07

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Léon Bloy, the peril of pluralism

Prickly PauperNo one who has read Léon Bloy would dispute what Harold Bordwell writes in his article “A Beggar to the End” (November 9). The article reflects what...

Justice

You tell me the day is not nowand I try to enliven my coughto make sure I’m alive.That’s how noise is,and how a hundred violinsplaying in unisoncan elicit applause....

Two Poems

 A Simple Young Woman Who Married a CarpenterThere’s the mother stunned and bleedingThe men talk above herShe knew what to dobabies were ordinarythough the...

Thin Air

David Mitchell’s virtuosic novel Cloud Atlas enfolds six plots into one theme: No man is an island but neither is any era. In all times, in all places, as one of...

Train of the Unknowns

All photos (c) 2012 by Joseph SorrentinoIt’s estimated that between 400,000 and 500,000 migrants travel through Mexico every year. Most of them come from Guatemala...

Christmas Critics

Dan BarryThe books beside my bed, stacked like bricks laid by an addled mason, suggest that I possess either a broad curiosity or an inability to focus. Where were...

License to Fret

For several nights in July, the thrilling, testosterone-laden notes of the James Bond theme music filled our family room, as my husband and I and whichever of our...

The Appraisal Czar

When disaster strikes, especially on a massive scale (think oil spills, terrorist attacks, hurricanes), swift relief and just recompense are expected for survivors...

A Jazz Mass?

Last year marked the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Mary Lou Williams, the jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. There are few women in the pantheon of great...

Gaza Redux

With Israel again bombarding Gaza and gathering troops for another potentially devastating incursion into the Hamas-controlled Palestinian enclave, it is tempting...

Four More Years

The cheering supporters at his victory rally may still be hoarse, and his inauguration is three frosty months away. But Barack Obama has already secured the most...