Narrating Ethics

From the May 2001 Print Edition

Leading and Leadership . Edited by Timothy Fuller. University of Notre Dame Press. 264 pp. $25 cloth, $15 paper. Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar: Readings on Courting and Marrying . Edited by Amy A. Kass and Leon R. Kass. University of Notre Dame Press. 630 pp. $25 cloth, $15 paper. The Eternal . . . . Continue Reading »

Harry Potter's Magic

From the January 2000 Print Edition

By now most readers in this country are aware of what has come to be called the Harry Potter phenomenon. It’s hard to be unaware. Any bookstore you might care to enter is strewn with giant stacks of the Harry Potter books—three of them now that Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has . . . . Continue Reading »

Only Connect

From the November 1997 Print Edition

Le Ton Beau de Marot:In Praise of the Music of Language by Douglas R. Hofstadter Basic Books, 632 pages, $30 Connection, linkage: this is the great task of modernist aesthetics. “Only connect!” thinks a character in E. M. Forster’s Howard’s End . “The ordinary man,” . . . . Continue Reading »

The Bible Tells Me So

From the October 1997 Print Edition

People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture by David Lyle Jeffrey Eerdmans, 396 pages, $37 In the common caricature, all disputes between Catholics and Protestants can be reduced to a dispute over the role of Scripture: the Protestant cries Sola Scriptura ; the Catholic understands . . . . Continue Reading »

A Bible Fit for Children

From the May 1997 Print Edition

In a famous passage from Science and the Modern World, Alfred North Whitehead gives this counsel to scholars in the various historical disciplines: “Do not chiefly direct your attention to those intellectual positions which [controversialists] feel it necessary explicitly to defend.” More . . . . Continue Reading »

In on the Kill

From the February 1997 Print Edition

On public television and the educational cable channels, the current rage seems to be for documentaries showing animals eating other animals. And to judge by the number of ads I see inviting people to order videotapes, the regularly scheduled predation doesn’t offer enough carnage for the viewing . . . . Continue Reading »