Prayers for Haiti – Free ePrayerbook download

This free ePrayerbook download from Pauline Books & Media.Download it here: Prayers for Haiti: A World on Its KneesSister Kathrn Hermes, FSP, who edited the book, explains:"Now, more than ever, we need to stand with our Haitian sisters and brothers, both those in Haiti and their friends and relatives around the world worried about their well-being."This e-prayerbook is a useful way to focus intentions and be in spirit with those who need us most."Let's get this into the hands of mil … [Read more...]

Stuff White People Like – review? commentary? Both?

Click here for my review and/or commentary on this book....Stuff White People Like … [Read more...]

Approaching Eden: Adam & Eve in Popular Culture

This theologically rich book is now available; I have read it and wrote a blurb for the cover:"Approaching Eden is a gift to anyone attempting to bring faith and life closer in a world filled with mediated stories: in this case, tales and images influenced by the Biblical creation narrative of Genesis 1-3. Sanders is fearless in her critical analysis but never cavalier. Her prose is energetic and accessible; her surveys broad and her insights bold. Sanders makes theology a pleasure while … [Read more...]

“National Book Awards: Fiction” vote for the best

You can vote on one of the six notable American fiction writers:Flannery O'ConnorJohn CheeverRalph EllisonEudora WeltyWilliam FaulknerNational Book Foundation Fiction Award Poll(When I voted this morning, Flannery O'Connor has a substantial lead.) … [Read more...]

Lives of the Saints – My top 12 favorite books

I have been spending some time on Facebook recently (Rose Pacatte) and everyone is doing these lists on Notes on their profile pages. So I decided to start some lists of my own.Here is a list of my 12 favorite lives of the saints. I have read much hagiography over the course of my life, but these stand out as really good reads. Of course, when I was in the postulancy and novitiate more than 40 years ago our leisure time was limited (even for reading lives of the saints!). But I found these, … [Read more...]

ReAction! Chemistry in the Movies book review

 Here's a link to a book that sounds innovative and unique to chemistry classes. Sounds like an "explosive" idea to me ... using film clips in chemistry class! Love it. An idea for teaching method transfer.... (The link for this review was posted on the MediaEducation listserv.)ReAction! Chemistry in the Movies by Mark Griep and Marjorie Mikasen … [Read more...]

Conquest of the Useless: Reflections on the Making of FITZCARRALDO by Werner Herzog

A funny thing happened on the way to LAX last Friday.I will admit to never having seen "Fitzcarraldo". But I was thoroughly rivited by the NPR interview with the film's director-dreamer Werner Herzog  that I listened to on the way to the airport to collect Frank Frost who was arriving for the National Film Retreat: NPR: Werner Herzog Reveals Intense Private Journals (You can listen to it, which I recommend, or download a transcript).The New York Times reviewed CONQUEST OF THE USELESS: Refl … [Read more...]

Finding life lessons in Harry Potter

Finding lessons for life in Harry Potter books by Deborah Netburn LATimes July 24, 2009 … [Read more...]

New Catholic Book Store in Manhattan! Pauline Books & Media, that is. We’ve moved!

Our former locations in Manhattan included E. 43rd and Vanderbilt and then almost 20 years at 150 E. 52nd Street. As we all feel the pinch of these current economic times we have downsized in space but the new Center on W. 38th St. will continue to be a place of encounter with the Word that is Jesus through the media and our chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved. Pauline Books & Media64 West 38th St. (b/w 5th and 6th, closer to 6th)New York, New York … [Read more...]

Grace & Grotesque: Flannery O’Connor on the page and screen

 AMERICA magazine ran an excellent article on the American Catholic novelist Flannery O'Connor in their June 22, 2009 issue. Here is a link to it: Grace and Grotesque: Flannery O'Connor on the page and screen by Jon M. Sweeney.Sweeney quotes a Nigerian priest who is a writer as well: "“I’m fascinated” he said, “by her incredible understanding of the dynamics of sin and grace in the modern world. I find her work very sacramental and powerful. I’m happy, too, that she was a person of faith wh … [Read more...]