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May 02, 2014
Corporate Insanity Starts with Us
Imagine you paid someone to build a house for your child, and imagine one night...
April 09, 2014
The Prodigal Bears His Scars
My last communion was during a brief suspension of my former church’s policy of forbidding...
March 21, 2014
Manual for Civilization
When I was a schoolboy, I used to plan for the world’s end. What would...
February 21, 2014
What Our Children See
“Your child,” says the executive director of a national sex-education organization, “is going to look...
January 31, 2014
The Casserole Dish Manifesto
I possessed a consummate ideology before I had children. It was a perfectly distilled comprehension...
December 24, 2013
The Cave of the Heart
Not long ago a young man announced on a video chat site that he intended...
November 19, 2013
According to an enthusiastic radio report, children benefit from creative play. The reporter could say...
October 21, 2013
The Long Wait
My mother’s quavering voicemail was right: I hadn’t called in a long time. I justified...
September 24, 2013
Embrace Your Inner Laggard
I’m not as smart as my television. It has hidden panels with mysterious ports. Its...
August 23, 2013
Words for Good and Evil, Part II
Continued from yesterday. “Why is it possible,” asked Richard Feynman a year before he won...
August 22, 2013
Words for Good and Evil, Part I
In the months to come, England’s National Health Service will sterilize a young man with...
August 05, 2013
The American Divide
This is not an essay about politics but I have to begin with politics because...
July 15, 2013
What We Learn
As he is evacuated from a battle zone, Chris Taylor—Oliver Stone’s protagonist in Platoon—marches us...
June 21, 2013
Scattering the Children of God
According to a psychology professor I read recently, we are hardwired to make enemies. Doing...
June 03, 2013
Spared not Blessed
In the West we have forgotten how the world devours children because mostly when our...
May 13, 2013
Two Tribes: Good Wishes and Good Works
One summer my family got evicted from the house we were renting in Florida. The...
April 18, 2013
Art as a Common Gift
Given the several ways of modernist art it is logical to conclude that the production...
March 28, 2013
We Are Not Forsaken
My daughter’s teeth were clenched from the brain tumor and so I would hold her...
March 12, 2013
, the Holy Spirit, and Calculus
It was my eleven-year-old’s turn to pick a movie, and he chose The Hobbit, just...
February 22, 2013
Haunted by Phantom Limbs
One such patient, under my care, describes how he must “wake up” his phantom in...
February 01, 2013
What is Truth?
"It's a slippery slope when a companies don't deliver what they promise." Yes, "a companies."...
January 10, 2013
Clinging to Christmas
I cling to Christmas. I’d like to say that I have some tradition to which...
December 17, 2012
God Help Me
Center-frayed I begin to ponder—in the way one probes an aching tooth with the tongue—whether...
November 30, 2012
The Cost of Writing the Truth
I remember my mother used to go to bed for the day. The blackness of...
October 26, 2012
Elections Plus Economics, a Losing Equation
It’s time again. We’re just days from that sacred quadrennial ritual, wherein we profess outrage...
October 08, 2012
“Phineas and Ferb” versus “SpongeBob Squarepants”
“Aren’t you a little young to save the universe?” “Yes. Yes I am.” Phineas Flynn...
September 27, 2012
We Should Raze But Not Erase Evil
The arrival of so many small children at the tiny train station at Hattenheim could...
September 05, 2012
The Collapse of Western Civilization Begins in Your Dentist’s Chair
I have a toothache that’s getting worse, but I’m not going to a dentist because...
August 15, 2012
The latest fashionable parenting wisdom is that a parent’s wisdom doesn’t matter. Some public intellectuals...
July 25, 2012
The Deeds of Jerry Sandusky
I avoided reading about the trial of Jerry Sandusky—the Penn State assistant football coach recently...
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