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TALES/ The Ghosts of Russell Kirk

DANIEL HOFFMAN reviews “Ancestral Shadows”, the anthology of short stories written by Russel Kirk, well known for his most significant work, “The Conservative Mind”
Daniel Hoffman

TWITTER/ Meaning in 140 Characters or Less

Twitter and all forms of social media have the potential to carry messages worth following and deciphering only in a culture that first produces messages worth sharing. By ANDREA FAVATA
Andrea Favata

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN/ The apocalypse in the new Ghost of Tom Joad

PAOLO VITES comments on Bruce Springsteen’s new album “High Hopes”, which includes a new electrical version of “The Ghost of Tom Joad”, the 1995 song inspired by Steinbeck’s character
Paolo Vites

INTERNET/ Says Pope Francis: Toughen up, people!

According to Pope Francis, the Internet can be a rugged neighborhood, but it’s where the Gospel needs to be preached and people seen as neighbors not enemies. By Sr. MARY ANN WALSH
Mary Ann Walsh

BOOKS/ Pondering Evil in “Father Sergius” by Tolstoy

In “Father Sergius”, a short story by Lev Tolstoy, the character of Makovkina, a divorcée who “shocks the town”, makes one think deeply about the nature of evil. By Sr. Edith Bogue
Edith Bogue

Lewis Hine / New York 1929: the "mad flight" that challenged the Great Depression

Lewis Hine does not forget the fatigue, the risk, the poor compensation received, the drama of work in his photos, but there is something greater in the destiny of man. By LORELLA GIUDICI
Lorella Giudici

BOOK/ A Radical’s Road out of Islamist Extremism

Radical, by Maajid Nawaz, brings the reader inside the individual human dynamics of one young man’s transition into extremist Islamism and his eventual departure from it. By JENNIFER BRYSON
Jennifer Bryson

CENTENARY/ Camus' Battle

On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Albert Camus, FERNANDO DE HARO illustrates the heritage left to us by his literary works, where the desire for “more life” is central
Fernando De Haro

MOVIE/ GRAVITY: A rediscovery of Earth

Through the gorgeous cinematography, the film “Gravity” puts the central question of what happens to us and our life when we are detached from our center of gravity. By SHARON MOLLERUS
Sharon Mollerus

MOVIES/ “Gravity” without God

In the new film “Gravity”, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) hears (and sees) her voice, like a modern Joan of Arc, but Joan lived in an inhabited universe, Ryan is alone. By WEBSTER BULL
Webster Bull

LA STRADA 2/ "I am ignorant, but I read books"

Federico Fellini, the famous Italian director, was often at odds with the Church's hierarchy but viewed the Church as a loving, even indulgent mother. By SCOTT DODGE
Scott Dodge

MOVIES/ Zombies: The ingredients of a winning cocktail

The saga of the "living dead" has many ingredients: a good story, above average direction, editing special effects, and a religious inquiry in an apocalyptic setting. By ALESSANDRO RIVALI
Alessandro Rivali

LA STRADA/ The Fellini film which is a favourite of Pope Francis

Federico Fellini's 1954 Oscar-winning film, La Strada, a favourite of Pope Francis, is a parable of the human condition of sin, need and hope, and final redemption. By SHARON MOLLERUS
Sharon Mollerus

Breaking Bad / A story of the "banality of evil" and its effects

In its long-awaited conclusion, Emmy-winning TV series Breaking Bad plays out the sequence of events set in motion by the nice guy turned evil genius. By SHARON MOLLERUS
Sharon Mollerus

NOBEL/ Alice Munro, so the word creates the world

The Royal Swedish Academy gave its award for literature to a distinguished exemplar of the North American short story, the Canadian Alice Munro, a master of the genre. By LUCA DONINELLI
Luca Doninelli

ALVARO MUTIS/ The master who taught "tales" to Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Colombian Alvaro Mutis, an outstanding writer in the Spanish language, can be considered as a kind of patron for many young writers, including Gabriel Garcia Marquez. By DANTE LIANO
Dante José Liano

MOVIES/ The Great Gatsby: A desire beyond everything

The latest film version of The Great Gatsby portrays a pinnacle of success alongside an abyss of longing, from novel which continues to fascinate directors and audiences. By SHARON MOLLERUS
Sharon Mollerus

BOOKS/ Wait: The Art and Science of Delay

Frank Partnoy's Wait makes it clear that no one-word approach to decision-making exists, and that the good decisions arise from making maximal use of the time available. By EDITH BOGUE
Edith Bogue

MOVIES/ Lost and Found: An Adoption Story

The 2007 movie Then She Found Me is a thoughtful story about adoption but it is also about the unpredictability of life and of God who watches over all. By SHARON MOLLERUS
Sharon Mollerus

WHO ARE YOU/ "I felt a little like a dying clown," or "faith, hope, and love remain"

Milan Kundera wrote that the portraits painted by Francis Bacon are an exploration into how much distortion a person can undergo and still remain herself. So: Who are you? By SCOTT DODGE
Scott Dodge
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