??? 2010

Date: 
Thursday, January 1, 1970

The Reunion

Cocktail in hand, I walked up to a group of three of my classmates at the gathering that marked the fiftieth anniversary of our ordination as priests. As I joined...

The Thinking Animal

When I was a college senior at the Catholic University of America and preparing to depart the comforts of the Catholic intellectual tradition for a career in...

Iffy Izzy

The legend of I. F. Stone, the feisty investigative journalist, cannot fail to have a certain resonance for anyone who has ever been caught up in the romance of...

He’s Got Rhythm

Every few years I offer a course in English prose writers, almost all of them novelists, who did their work between 1900 and roughly 1950. E. M. Forster comes early...

Restless Spirits

“You took the best / Now take the rest,” the blues singer offers her lover in despair. But Peter Jackson, adapting Alice Sebold’s overrated but fairly touching...

‘Está Perdido’

Agapito stands in a field under the glare of the noon sun in Tlaquiltenango, Morelos, taking a break to talk about his life in el campo. Behind him, men are...

To Keep a True Lent

Is this a Fast, to keep      The Larder leane?   And cleane?From fat of Veales, and Sheep?Is it to quit the dish  ...

Who Approves This Message?

Casting aside sixty years of federal legislation and overturning rulings from 1990 and 2003, the Supreme Court has opened the door to an unregulated flood of...

Wasted Energy

In the 1950s, the ignorant anti-Communism of Joe McCarthy energized the fellow-traveling Left, and nearly destroyed an emerging liberal anti-Communist consensus. In...

What Now?

As we go to press, the fate of President Barack Obama’s health-care reform legislation remains unclear. So do the prospects for his presidency and for the nation’s...

Jersey-bashing, title trouble, fan mail

FOR SHAMECommonweal’s eighty-fifth anniversary was brilliantly celebrated, as the pictures in the December 4, 2009 issue attest (“85th Anniversary Party”). The...

Where's Our Stephen Douglas?

The other night I took my kids to Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., to see The Rivalry, a play by Norman Corwin written in 1958 to commemorate the centennial of...