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...]

The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking

By now, the idea of the “power of positive thinking” is a cliche, but one that we almost accept as being self-evidently true. Positive people get ahead, right? At the New Yorker, Adam Alter explores research challenging that notion: According to a great deal of research, positive fantasies may lessen your chances of succeeding. In one [Read More...]

The Allure of the Map

I remember that the copy of Winnie-the-Pooh I used to check out of the library when I was a child had maps in the front and back of the book, and I used to pore over them, intrigued by the placement of the Hundred Acre Wood among all the other locations. My brother was similarly fascinated by [Read More...]

Melting Down to Grace

The New Yorker has been republishing bits and pieces of Flannery O’Connor’s prayer journals, which will be published in a book later this year. They’re locked down to subscribers, but even the small excerpts are wonderful to read. And my pastor put an excerpt in the church bulletin as a meditation this Sunday: All my [Read More...]


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