2011-12-16

Date: 
Friday, December 16, 2011

Articles in this issue

Curator of the Fantastic

Critics sometimes compare Steven Millhauser’s work to Kafka’s or to Borges’s. Maybe this is because of his clean, uninflected sentences or his essayistic tone, the...

A Meditation

There comes a point, late in the new film The Mill and the Cross by the Polish director Lech Majewski, when a dramatic question is asked (and fumbled) by a...

Fiction | The Relic Thief

Although Italians were officially despised by the grownups in Paul’s Irish family, everyone seemed to have at least one Italian best friend. His grandmother...

Shipwrecked?

What counts as authentically “Catholic,” and who gets to make that determination? That is the focus of this timely collection about the persistent problem of...

Let There Be Light

Although it is a matter of some dispute why Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25, it surely has something to do with the pagan celebration of the...

Pius XII’s contested legacy

Commission & Omission That Pius XII was too silent and did too little to help the Jews during the Holocaust has now been accepted by most historians. Eamon...

The Jingle Bell Mass

Almost every parish I know has a Jingle Bell Mass. It’s the one celebrated late in the afternoon on Christmas Eve. It might also be referred to as the Christmas...

Gloria

Glad, that night, of the metalled clubs when jackals cried on the hills and the dog snarled, they waited, shaggy under keffiyehs, the heavy coats rucked high for...

The Moment of Recognition

For a decade now, I have spent two days every fall discussing the story of the binding of Isaac in Genesis 22 with students in a great-books seminar. We spend about...

Duelling Dualisms

Conor Cunningham’s Darwin’s Pious Idea is a big book with big aspirations. It expects its readers to know something about philosophy, science, and theology. For...

Hide & Seek

The first thing to be said about J. Edgar, the biopic about the late FBI director, is that it is an unexpectedly forbearing, even pitying look at J. Edgar Hoover....