2011-02-11

Date: 
Friday, February 11, 2011

Buried

In Helmand Province, in farming villages, They buried their rifles in hay, Then went into the fields with The cows, waiting to return and rule. Everyone knew the...

Ambiguous Promises

Jonathan Schneer, professor of British history at Georgia Tech University, has written two books, not one. The first, an account of what has been called the “Arab...

Still Counting

The October online posting by WikiLeaks of nearly a thousand classified Pentagon documents (the “Iraq War Logs”) shed new light on the vexed issue of Iraqi deaths...

Not Above Politics

Fr. Robert Drinan, SJ, served ten years in the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts—the same district, with a few changes, now represented by...

Fasting, abortion, Pius XII

ARTFUL BAIT Patrick J. Ryan’s summary of the New York Public Library’s current exhibit (“Illuminating Manuscripts,” January 14) shines as a small nugget of...

Wills’s Testament

Garry Wills believes that his bookishness made him a lifelong outsider. From his earliest days, he has read books every chance he got, in the john at his Jesuit...

A Godsend

I first met Gia, a young schoolgirl, one afternoon while walking with Moy Moy, our twenty-one-year-old daughter who has special needs. Gia was on her way home from...

Who Owns This House?

Most people by now know the story of how speculation in mortgage-backed securities, along with a host of exotic derivatives built around them, created our banking...

Indefensible

Not all religions have imposed moral precepts upon their adherents, but all those known as “world religions” have made such a firm connection between their practice...

Independent Worlds

Late in David Mitchell’s new novel The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, John Penhaligon, an ambitious, embittered, and gouty British sea captain, sails toward...

A Faithful Din

At 4:30 a.m. in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, I am woken by the local mosque’s call to prayer, followed by the imam’s sermon. Not long after that, the bell of the...

Beyond Black & White

Here are some things you might expect to find on HBO: Prohibition-era gangsters. Post-Katrina New Orleans jazzmen. Vampires. Bill Maher. Here’s something you might...