2010-02-26

Date: 
Friday, February 26, 2010

Lament

You always said I’d get you in the end—the joke longstanding between us, Foley—as if the twenty years you had on meguaranteed you an earlier heaven.We’d grin and...

Free Birds

In an American supermarket there is nothing finer than the rotisserie chicken. Hot, fresh, slow-roasted, a few spicing options but not too many, kept warm but done...

A Success Story

It was 1958. I stood before three examiners from a national fellowship foundation. I was a college senior. They represented a foundation established to support...

Behind the Scenes

At the height of Irish immigration to the United States, an Irishman arriving in New York would be met and squired to what amounted to a safe house, one of many...

Hitler’s Gospel

The greatest obstacle for Christian anti-Semites has always been Christ’s Jewishness. Or so it would have seemed. As Susannah Hesch­el shows in her unsettling...

Pitch-perfect

What is it that so captivates us in portrayals of down-and-out artists, writers, and performers? Playing a creative type careening out of control tends to bring out...

Required Reading

When my first book was published, nearly three decades ago, my editor asked if I had other ideas for books. I suggested that the publishing house start a series of...

Teresa of Ávila

In the spring of 1997 my life seemed to be falling apart. I was trying to come to grips with the recent death of my younger brother. Meanwhile, my department at...

Dry Bones

The great religious battle of our time is not the one being waged between believers and unbelievers. To be sure, that is an important and certainly a noisy conflict...

A Guide for the Perplexed

The acrimonious debate that churned through the Catholic community this past spring over Notre Dame’s invitation to President Barack Obama has quieted down—note the...

A Holy Order

Last year Jimmy Carter made news for having resigned from his church—after sixty years—because of its refusal to ordain women and its insistence that wives be...

The Help

India’s upper- and middle-class homes (mine included) are kept running by the efforts of domestic workers.On the days these workers do not show up for some reason,...