2012-04-20

Date: 
Friday, April 20, 2012

Sunday Obligation

Another wintry Sunday morning at seven. And in the bifurcated building of a century-old Catholic parish called St. Joseph’s, the faithful gather. On one side of the...

Beginners’ Luck

Rules of CivilityAmor TowlesViking, $26.95, 352 pp.Ten Thousand SaintsEleanor HendersonEcco, $26.99, 400 pp.In 1947, E. B. White published an unusual travel essay...

Dishonor Codes

Watching the superlative Iranian film A Separation, I was reminded of Bleak House, Dickens’s account of a dispute grinding through the wheels of justice and...

Simplifying Sex

The current debate over health insurance and contraception has raised interesting questions for people of faith, particularly Catholics. I’m past menopause, and so...

To Catch a Thief

Shortly after the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, I was walking along the Corniche, the Nile promenade, as the sun was setting. The sails of feluccas were tipping in...

Marriage, Conscience & the Church

Where’s The Line?James A. Coriden’s essay “Conscience & Communion” (January 27) extends the issues raised in the series “A Modus Vivendi?” (January 13) to a...

The Kingdom of What’s Happening Next

They stood in front of the altar at the Easter Vigil, officially Catholic for all of twenty minutes, and they looked a mess. Two of them with hair plastered back,...

Holy Envy

The intrepid Harold Bloom once called the New Testament the greatest act of plagiarism in the history of literature. That might sound hyperbolic; but if you include...

Snowe Job

Shortly after announcing in February that she would not seek reelection, Maine’s Republican Senator Olympia Snowe took to the pages of the Washington Post to engage...

Any Additional Thoughts About the Crucifixion?

What can anyone not on a cross say to someone on it?The shipwrecked spellin bits of sail, clothing,ripped sheets, shells,in whatever is around,a messageillegible on...

A Mindful Life

Tony Judt would have liked this book to be judged solely on its merits, but it is impossible to read it without being aware of the circumstances in which it was...

¿Vale la pena?

Olga sings softly while working in the field, stooped over and stuffing onion plants into small holes that were made a few minutes earlier by a tractor. She places...