Matthew Boudway

Matthew Boudway is an associate editor of Commonweal.

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Strangest Strangeness

The Annunciation has been a favorite theme with painters, but it has also inspired a fair amount of poetry. Many poems about the Annunciation are really poems about paintings of the Annunciation.

Woody Allen, Nihilist

Over at the Week, Damon Linker argues that Woody Allen's bleak vision of the world would have given him no reason not to commit the terrible crime he's been accused of. Linker claims that Allen's films, as well as certain things Allen has said over the years, indicate that he is a nihilist, which leaves him without a warrant for morality.

American Exceptionalism, Luxury Division

I've been told all dotCommonweal bloggers are expected to post something about Ken Langone's recent remarks on the "hurdle" to fundraising Pope Francis may have unwittingly created by admonishing the rich.

Edward T. Oakes, S.J.

The theologian Fr. Edward T. Oakes, S.J., died on December 6 at the age of 65. An expert on the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar, Fr. Oakes was an immensely learned man. He could also write, as longtime readers of Commonweal will know. Among the many things he wrote for the magazine: this 2004 review of George M.

Conference on Law and Religion

Commonweal contributor Marc DeGirolami is helping to organize Lumen Christi's 2014 Conference on Christian Legal Thought, which will take place on Friday, January 3, at the University Club in Manhattan. The conference will include two sessions, one devoted to the thought of the late Jean Bethke Elshtain and another to "jounalisitc perspectives" on "public engagement with law and religion." The first session will feature another Commonweal contributor, Eric Gregory of Princeton University.


At "The Stone," Amia Srinivasa has four questions for "free-market moralists." Here's the third:

Do people deserve all they are able, and only what they are able, to get through free exchange?

Department of 'Who Are You Fooling?'

Boehner surrenders but, still terrified of the GOP's Tea Party wing, vows to continue its war on Obamacare. From his remarks this afternoon, comments passim:


Thomas Frank on higher education:

Grant to an industry control over access to the good things in life; insist that it transform itself into a throat-cutting, market-minded mercenary; get thought leaders to declare it to be the answer to every problem; mute any reservations the nation might have about it—and, lastly, send it your unsuspecting kids, armed with a blank check drawn on their own futures.