First Links — 2.10.16

Whatever it Takes to Make Lent Hardcore Melinda Selmys, Patheos Cover Story: The Headscarf, Modern Turkey, and Me Elif Batuman, New Yorker A Conversation with Rowan Williams John F. Deane, Image A Pope, a Patriarch, and Great Expectations in Cuba Ivan Plis, National Interest Debased Coynage Edward . . . . Continue Reading »

Pope Francis and the Two Cities

For a class on Catholic Social Teaching this past fall, I assigned my college students Robert Hugh Benson's dystopian novel Lord of the World. I thought the book would pair well with our extensive studies of the thought of Pope Francis, in part because Francis has conspicuously mentioned Benson’s . . . . Continue Reading »

Letter from a Toronto Jail

One of Canada’s prisoners of conscience, Mary Wagner, in a moving letter from her Vanier Centre cell, writes of her concern that many members of our Christian medical associations, “despite their earnest desire to resist doctor-abetted suicide, have succumbed to defeatism.”She points to . . . . Continue Reading »

What Should College Students Read?

Last summer, if you were going to enroll in college at Washington State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, UNC-Chapel, Michigan State, and a dozen other schools, you had an assignment to complete. You had to read Just Mercy, attorney Bryan Stevenson’s tale of a life devoted to social . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 2.5.16

Dying Together
Clare Coffey, American Conservative

Meet the Cardinal who Recharges for Battle by Fasting from Food and Water
Jack Carrigan, Catholic Herald

Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism
Kirk Davis Swinehart, New York Times

Can Catholics Vote for a Socialist?
P. J. Smith, Semiduplex

Why Are So Many Newborns Still Being Denied Pain Relief?
George Dvorsky, Gizmodo

Liberalism and the Collapse of the University
Elliot Milco, Paraphasic

What Makes Great Detective Fiction, According to T. S. Eliot?
Paul Grimstad, New Yorker

We Have Seen His Glory: A Response to A Certain Philosophical Rejection of the Christian Faith
Edmund Waldstein, O. Cist., Sancrucensis

A Critical Memoir

Donald Revell did not write Essay: A Critical Memoir for the essayists, the critics, or the memoirists. He wrote it for the poets. And a poet, for Revell, is any person who loves. A two-time winner of the PEN Center USA Award for poetry, Revell is a professor of English at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the lauded translator of Rimbaud’s Illuminations and A Season in Hell. Continue Reading »

A Quiet Ideological Initiation

In mid-summer 2007 a package arrived in the mail containing the reading assignment for Yale’s freshman orientation week. The assigned book, by Beverly Daniel Tatum, had quite a title: “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” And Other Conversations About Race. Tatum was . . . . Continue Reading »