2012-02-10

Date: 
Friday, February 10, 2012

Brains...

Zone One, the latest work of fiction by Colson Whitehead, is a zombie novel. Sure, it’s a “literary” zombie novel, with better writing and more complex...

Plutocracy or Democracy?

It is clear by now that the state of the U.S. economy will be the primary issue in this year’s election. As voters and as Catholics, how should we evaluate the...

Game Over?

When Republicans in Congress finally passed a bill extending the payroll tax cut in December, they booby-trapped it with an unrelated provision. The bill required...

Better Than War?

Sanctioning Death in IraqJoy GordonWhen Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990, the consequences were felt well beyond those two countries. The attack took place at a...

Two Homes, Two Lives

I come home from India to the United States every year now to visit my dad. There he is in all his rakish charm, looking more Irish every time I see him: the...

A Part, Not Apart

From junior high school through college, I drifted from the church. But after college and before I was about to move out of state for graduate studies, I...

Discerning Dulles; blessing Baum; baking Latin

Missing matter In his review of Patrick Carey’s biography of Cardinal Avery Dulles (“An Ignatian Spirit,” January 13), J. Matthew Ashley rightly stresses the...

War

Some centuries ago Powerful clerics In order to attain A perfect orthodoxy Banished the very Lord of Charity And sent their soldiers out To bind and burn Some...

Practical Idealism

On January 18, 2011, Sargent Shriver died at the grand old age of ninety-five. His passing came half a century—almost to the day—after John F. Kennedy, newly sworn...

Spooks

The gentleman approached the bookstore’s salesclerk and asked, “Have you got that new book with my friend, George Smiley?” It was 1979 in Washington, D.C., and...