I am hoping history will judge our current tumult and division as the sorts of growing pains which precede a new wave of civil rights for all. I wonder if all the fear, anger and division is like a nasty boil somewhere deep in Dantean hell--the poison must be lanced so we might breathe free again.
And, finally, please talk about family and relationships. I have a theory that every book we read has something to do with
And if it's true, we'll get exactly four more seasons of "AHS."
Presidential candidate Jeb Bush has confessed, given what we know now, he would not have authorized the invasion of Iraq, as his brother did. A politician with integrity should have followed that comment with an apology to the Iraqi people.
All of my work has a figurative element to it. There's often a character. There are some works that look a little like organisms
From Homer to George R.R. Martin, literature is fascinated with all the ways in which hosts and guests can betray each other.
This Jubilee Year, already begun, is in honor of a pope who quit. Not Pope Benedict XVI. We're talking about the first and only pope who willingly and on his accord stepped down from the papal throne before Benedict did in February 2013.
OK, I admit it. I'm a sap for nostalgia. So when my 40th college reunion reminder popped up in the email, I bolted into reverse. Who wouldn't want to "Reflect, Rekindle, Reconnect" -- words the Notable Class Reunion Chairs cooed in their beckoning letters to the alums.
Macbeth is surely one of the worst hosts ever dreamed up by a playwright, but he has plenty of company in literature as a whole.
Because of the hell into which he was thrown with thousands, Flynn conjures moments reminiscent of Dante's Inferno. There are even echoes in his lines of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land. And what could be more understandable?
I'm not fond of the words "conservative" and "liberal," particularly when they're used to describe Catholics. Being Catholic, after all, means being part of the Body of Christ.
The New York Times reports that Mayor-elect de Blasio is having second thoughts about living in Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor. The announcement came after a meeting with Mayor Bloomberg during which they discussed "the intricacies of garbage pickup."
A thriller incorporating the work of the 14th century poet Dante Alighieri, 18th century philosopher Thomas Malthus and 21st century gene manipulation, the novel puts into perspective differences between Catholic and Jewish visions of hell, and the way our respective histories have shaped our contemporary circumstances.