Tsunami and Theodicy: Myanmar

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(Tens of thousands of Burmese have already died in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, which hit Myanmar this past weekend, and tens of thousands more are threatened by disease and a lack of food and clean water. Children comprise upward of 40 percent of the dead. We thought this would be an appropriate . . . . Continue Reading »

Tsunami and Theodicy

From the March 2005 Print Edition

No one, no matter how great the scope of his imagination, should be able easily to absorb the immensity of the catastrophe that struck the Asian rim of the Indian Ocean and the coast of Somalia on the second day of Christmas this past year; nor would it be quite human to fail, in its wake, to feel . . . . Continue Reading »

Roland Redivivus

From the February 2005 Print Edition

Orlando Innamorato (Orlando in Love) by Matteo Maria Boiardo translated by Charles Stanley Ross Parlor. 717 pp. $40 Orlando (or Roland, as he was originally called), the greatest paladin of the (mythic) court of Charlemagne, once loomed in the consciousness of Western culture at least as large as . . . . Continue Reading »

Freedom and Decency

From the June/July 2004 Print Edition

Things could conceivably be far worse. The brief ebullition of indignation that followed Janet Jackson’s rather pathetic exhibitionist display during the Super Bowl’s halftime show was no doubt sincere, but surely it was nothing compared to the fury in Poland earlier this year after . . . . Continue Reading »

Taras Bulba

From the January 2004 Print Edition

Where Taras Bulba should be ranked among the works of Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852)”or, for that matter, among the monuments of European literature”is by no means settled. Ernest Hemingway called it “one of the ten greatest books of all time,” while Vladimir Nabokov, who adored . . . . Continue Reading »

A Most Partial Historian

From the December 2003 Print Edition

Religion and Public Doctrine in Modern England Volume III: Accommodations. By Maurice Cowling. Cambridge University Press. 766 pp. $100. Maurice Cowling (b. 1926) has never gained wide celebrity in Britain and is all but unknown beyond its shores, even though he is arguably among the twentieth . . . . Continue Reading »