Repeating Yourself

There was a great little piece on the NY Times Opinionator blog about “the art of repetition,” and about how someone becomes a better writer – by learning to write thank-you notes: Having opened my share of thank-you notes over the years and having watched my kids write their own, I knew that nonwriters treat [Read More...]

Gatsby, Draper, and Where Freedom Really Lies

This week I co-wrote and published a piece over at Christianity Today on Jay Gatsby and Don Draper, the protagonists (not quite “heroes”) of The Great Gatsby and Mad Men, two hot commodities in pop culture right now. There are some striking similarities between these men, despite the fact that Gatsby “lived” forty years before Draper. After seeing Gatsby at [Read More...]

The Catholic Church at the Biennale

The Venice Biennale is one of the biggest events in the art world, where the exhibitions are arranged around “pavilions” sponsored by people, countries, and galleries. This year, an unlikely candidate is joining them: the Roman Catholic Church, hosting a pavilion with the theme “Creation, De-Creation, and Re-Creation.” The New York Times reported on it: [Read More...]

Redemption in Angola Prison

Over at Comment Magazine, John Rottman has an interesting piece on the astounding transformation at Angola Prison in New Orleans—home to hardened criminals and gang members. Here’s part of it: The kingdom of God has also brought a sense of vocation in the value of work. Prisoners earn money by making crafts and selling them [Read More...]


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