A Wild God

Barbara Ehrenreich (an atheist and a journalist) recently published a book called Living with a Wild God, in which she probes and explores an experience she had that she couldn’t quite explain: In May of 1959, Barbara Ehrenreich was taken into the mountains in Northern California by a boy looking for dynamite. They spent the night [Read More...]

Reflecting on Passion – Posthumously

In the New York Times last weekend, Nicholas Kristof – looking ahead to graduation season – wrote about a book written by Mary Keegan, an emerging writer who died tragically two years ago that prods the reader to think about their life direction: Keegan recalled being paid $100 to attend a recruiting session at Yale by [Read More...]

Notes from a Pilgrimage

My friend Stephen started a review of Christian Wiman’s memoir My Bright Abyss a year ago, and finished it a few weeks ago. The result is a beautiful melding of the personal and the critical: On this trip to Kentucky, I’m staying in a small cottage overlooking the pond at the back of Bethany Springs (the [Read More...]

Inside the Cloister

Casey N. Cep recently wrote about Abbie Reese’s new book Dedicated to God: An Oral History of Cloistered Nuns at the New Yorker. The book contains essays and photographs about an order of nuns in the Corpus Christi Monastery of the Poor Clare Colettine in Rockford, Illinois: In a time when abstaining from social media for a [Read More...]


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