The Power of Evil

This seems like an appropriate day to post this: Richard Mouw, former president of Fuller Theological Seminary and prominent evangelical philosopher and theologian, thinks about Halloween and the power of evil (in his typically nuanced way) in First Things: My parents were Evangelicals, but they always enjoyed Halloween. My father was a pastor, and he and [Read More...]

Siblings – and Genius

Anyone with a sibling knows that siblings are competitive at times – and apparently, that doesn’t diminish for poets and other literary figures – but sometimes, that competition can spur us on to great things. Casey N. Cep wrote a piece for The Poetry Foundation’s blog about literary siblings: The persistence of the rumor reflects the [Read More...]

A Last Supper

My friend Dyana Herron is a poet, and poets make the best prose writers, or so I’ve always argued. But she’s also wise and tells heartbreaking stories. Her latest essay, about her brother going to prison, is difficult and beautiful: I wondered if this was what my brother was going to do — binge on [Read More...]

Revising the List

I first met Erica Crotts and her husband five or six years ago, I think, back when they were still undergraduates who were attending International Arts Movement conferences in New York. So I was delighted by Erica’s lovely article about revising her to-do list after the birth of their first child: I’m learning that life [Read More...]


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