2011-03-25

Date: 
Friday, March 25, 2011

Thirst

The wine is sourwhich we drink without a blessingand dark, staining the cloththat covers the tablewhich is not Christ.You, new sweet drink,You give us:first,...

Fetal Positions

Americans living in the mid-nineteenth century knew almost nothing about the human fetus, at least in a biological sense. Prior to a mother’s perception of fetal...

Predictably Horrific

Following two days of intensive bombing in Karbala, Iraq, in 2003, Jabar Raheem and her six-year-old daughter, Duaa, emerged from their house to get water. Along...

The Good Life

The annual Oscar postmortem is the time for second-guessing and bitter complaint, and in that spirit I want to blast the near-total exclusion from this year’s...

End of an Era

It’s both surprising and sad that a prominent national seminary, our oldest abroad, with a distinguished history and many prominent alumni, can simply disappear....

The Red Boat

Oh, carry me safe to the farthest shore, Carry me there, my sweet Lord. —Negro spiritual Were she to tell the story, she would begin with pleasant details,...

Santo Subito?

This volume carries on George Weigel’s role as papal biographer (see Witness to Hope), celebrating Pope John Paul II as a heroic figure on multiple fronts. If...

Don’t Look Away

With chilling matter-of-factness, Joshua Tuohy describes the explosion that took his right leg and killed three of his buddies. An infantryman in a Stryker unit,...

Out of the Shallows

I moderated a panel at a recent conference on abortion at Princeton University that sought to bring voices from the prolife and prochoice sides together in the hope...

Deal or No Deal?

Hegel famously observed that the owl of Minerva takes flight only at dusk. Among Hegel’s dicta this one stands out as being not just importantly correct but broadly...

Sheed, Taylor & Maritain

No Hack Thanks for the attention to Wilfrid Sheed’s inimitable style, wit, and way with a sentence (“Readers Will Always Be Grateful,” February 25). He was one of a...

Southern Discomfort

Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel The Help, which has been made into a movie scheduled for release this summer, made me intensely uncomfortable with its Gone...