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Bottum: Christmas in New York

Another Christmas Rerun ¯this one from the new December issue of First Things . Shouldn’t you be subscribing ? Christmas in New York There was a woman screaming on Park Avenue, flecks of saliva spraying from her mouth as she raged into her cell phone, "It’s not my fault." . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: A Christmas Carol Revisited

Another in our series of Christmas Reruns ¯writings on the season from our authors through the years. Here’s an essay I did back in 2001 for the Weekly Standard , an attempt to figure out why the mess of A Christmas Carol remains the greatest Christmas fiction ever written. The Ghost of . . . . Continue Reading »

Bottum: PS Christmases Past

Another in our series of Christmas Reruns ¯ writings on the season from our authors through the years. Ever since First Things began in 1990, Fr. Richard John Neuhaus has been commenting on Christmas in his column, "The Public Square." If political America has much of a Christmas . . . . Continue Reading »

Ruiz: Jesus, Manly Man

"Manliness is next to godliness," ran the Los Angeles Times headline on December 7. The article examines "a contrarian movement gaining momentum on the fringes of Christianity" that rebels against what the Times calls the "feminization of mainline churches": the frilly . . . . Continue Reading »

Bottum: Comfort and Joy

A second in our series of Christmas Reruns ¯writings on the season from our authors through the years. Here’s something of my own from First Things , a squib that appeared last year on our website, one of many I’ve done over the years to herald in the season: Comfort and Joy . . . . Continue Reading »

Bottum: The Pius War Revisited

Pius XII is back in the news, this time in reports that the man who would later become Pope John XXIII criticized Pius for inaction during the Holocaust. The various news reports, mostly from the Associated Press, are based on an article in the Israeli journal Haaretz , which noted: Prof. Dina . . . . Continue Reading »

Novak: In Praise of Jeane Kirkpatrick

Aristotle wrote that the criterion of good moral action is not a principle or a law so much as "the man of practical wisdom"¯that is, the person in your environment who habitually makes the wisest and bravest decisions of anyone else you know. Aristotle mentions, in his context, . . . . Continue Reading »

Powers: The Party of Responsibility?

The Republicans seem to have lost the values voters in the midterm elections. William Saletan, author of Bearing Right: How Conservatives Won the Abortion War and frequent contributor on the subject of abortion for, sees this loss as a chance for the Democrats to capture these voters, if . . . . Continue Reading »

Bottum: Christmas Reruns

The first of our Christmas Reruns ¯writings on the season from our authors through the years.It’s hardly worth the effort to point out how difficult good sestinas are to write. The poet Dana Gioia has a cruel, funny sestina about how all poetry students, assigned to write one, choose to . . . . Continue Reading »



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