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Thirty, flirty, and thriving?

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What could be more exciting, more thrilling than being “single, independent, financially solvent New York City women [or men] in the year 2011”? Jen Doll asked in the Village Voice . Only being one of those couples “who make the wild and dangerous commitment to each other till . . . . Continue Reading »

A Portrait of Two Ladies

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Today, in our second On the Square essay, Patricia Snow reflects on the work of Diego Velázquez and what the recent discovery of a lost Velázquez painting at Yale University Art Gallery might tell us about the artist: If The Education of the Virgin is a Velázquez, it both integrates . . . . Continue Reading »

Everyone Likes a Winner

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I’ve heard that the Super Bowl is this weekend and I’ve heard that an estimated 150 million will tune in to watch it. As Geoffrey Vaughan points out On the Square today, that makes the Super Bowl, “more so than the commemorations of the victims of the shootings in Tucson, let . . . . Continue Reading »

G.K. Chesterton’s Magic

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Today in our second On the Square essay , Deirdre Lawler gives a review of the Washington Stage Guild’s production of Magic by G.K. Chesterton. After reading Lawler’s review it’s easy to see why Ingmar Bergman counted Magic among his favorites and Alfred Hitchcock hoped to adapt . . . . Continue Reading »

Getting The Rite Right

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In our second On the Square article today, Mark Armstrong gives a review of Hollywood’s most recent foray into Catholic culture, The Rite out in theaters today: The producers of the film have billed it as, “Inspired by true events,” which will, no doubt, leave many moviegoers . . . . Continue Reading »

Bad Reporting

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“Having an Abortion Doesn’t Lead to Depression” declares the headline. It’s a catchy title, but it oversimplifies (misrepresents, some might say) the results of the study it purportedly reports. The study was conducted by Danish researchers, and its results were . . . . Continue Reading »

Oh, Let Me Not Forget

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“Those people who say it’s the journey, not the destination, do not know what they are talking about,” begins Pastor Russell Saltzman in our first On the Square column this morning in which he shares his experience of his mother’s recent and rapid decline into Dementia : She . . . . Continue Reading »

Under Her Heart

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Carrie Frederick Frost is on a mission to convince as many people as possible to read Sigrid Undset’s epic trilogy Kristin Lavransdatter —and does a pretty good job of it in our second On the Square essay today. While there may be thousand reasons to read this thousand page book, Frost . . . . Continue Reading »

Heresy as a Teaching Moment

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Bright young ladies, both excellent students at their respective excellent schools, my seventh grade catechism students pay attention, ask good questions, and remember interesting little facts like “Hildegard of Bingen was a twelfth century mystic and writer.” But even I was surprised when they told me they completely understand the Incarnation… . Continue Reading »

Read All about It

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Our attentive blog readers have already heard the news that R.R. Reno has been appointed the new editor of First Things starting April 1 (I assure you this is not a prank). This morning On the Square , Reno tells of his own experience as a First Things reader and what the journal has been for him: . . . . Continue Reading »