Sex Abuse Is the Moral Downfall of the Catholic Church

Nov 27, 2020

My mother passed away a few years ago. She spent the last years of her life in a home for the elderly in a small town in Bavaria, where she and my father had spent most of their lives. In their younger days, both my parents were devout Catholics, initially taking at face value what the church...

How Do People Learn?
Nov 27, 2020

How Do People Learn?

Diego Maradona, the Perfect Celebrity Athlete
Nov 26, 2020

Diego Maradona, the Perfect Celebrity Athlete

The Cult of Kek: An Archaic Belief System for an Alt-Right “New Age”
Nov 26, 2020

The Cult of Kek: An Archaic Belief System for an Alt-Right “New Age”

The Dazzling Shallowness of Bernard-Henri Levy

The Dazzling Shallowness of Bernard-Henri Levy

Nov 25, 2020

One of the attractions, or oddities, of France is its reverence of those who are regarded as philosophers, or at least philosophical thinkers. In the age of fast information, we also have fast philosophy — soundbite philosophy. Not that this has no value, but this value has to be abstracted from...

Talking About FGM: How a Novel Made Me Braver

Talking About FGM: How a Novel Made Me Braver

Nov 20, 2020

For an entire year before my novel’s publication date, I braced myself. I’ve never felt this way about a new novel’s birth. But “Seven” — about Sharifa, a 40-year-old woman who returns to India on a marriage-saving trip to research a revered ancestor — was different. Folded into...

The Rise of the Digital Émigré

The Rise of the Digital Émigré

Nov 20, 2020

The French word “émigré” specifically refers to people who leave their home country for political reasons, a self-exile of sorts. In that sense, it’s a very different term from “immigrant,” “expat” or “nomad.” In history, émigrés have fled abroad to escape from revolutions in...

Why Does God Allow Miscarriage?

Why Does God Allow Miscarriage?

Nov 13, 2020

The Senate hearings on Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the Supreme Court did not sit well with American feminists. An ultra-conservative judge belonging to an ultra-conservative Catholic faith group vehemently opposed to abortion and anything gay was hardly a candidate one would expect...

Has Johnny Depp Lost His Mind?

Has Johnny Depp Lost His Mind?

Nov 03, 2020

Is Johnny Depp mad? Why on earth did he start legal action that could end in the destruction of his professional life? Unless the appeal his legal team promises succeeds, this may be the last we see of Depp. He’ll be an abusive pariah, and Hollywood studios will never offer him another part....

Is Peace Religious or Secular?

Is Peace Religious or Secular?

Oct 30, 2020

Reporting on yesterday’ horrendous knife attack in Nice’s cathedral, Al Jazeera defined the context: “The incident comes amid growing tensions between France and the Muslim world over French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent speech wherein he said Islam was in ‘crisis’, and amid...

Star Trek vs. the Radical Right: Visions of a Better World

Star Trek vs. the Radical Right: Visions of a Better World

Oct 22, 2020

Science fiction has a long history of progressive politics. Probably the best-known example is the Star Trek franchise that started in the 1960s with an Asian helmsman, a navigator from Russia and a black woman as a communications officer and features non-binary and transgender characters in...

Warren Buffett’s Struggle With Class Struggle

Warren Buffett’s Struggle With Class Struggle

Oct 13, 2020

In his recently published book, “Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America,” Kurt Andersen examines and deconstructs the past 50 years of economic history in the US. He tells the story of a disastrous but well-orchestrated trend toward rising and aggravated income inequality that has permitted...

Thoughts On Colonial History for Columbus Day

Thoughts On Colonial History for Columbus Day

Oct 12, 2020

The 1619 Project, launched last year by The New York Times Magazine, injected the question of slavery into the core of the traditional narrative of US history. It raised the question not only of what counts in history but how history is taught. Implicitly, it calls into question the great dogma...

Do Romance Novels Offer an Outdated Model of Feminism?

Do Romance Novels Offer an Outdated Model of Feminism?

Oct 10, 2020

I am one among a relatively small number of men who for some time have been fascinated by romance novels. As is well known, romance novels are among the most popular genres in contemporary literature. The field represents a vast market, likely to have substantially grown over the past several...

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