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A Call to Virtue: Living the Gospel in the land of liberty

Pope Francis has declared that the joy of the Gospel can help the world to overcome the globalization of indifference to others. Undoubtedly, he will …

Christianity

'Bourbon Empire' Reveals The Smoke And Mirrors Of American Whiskey

Craft bourbon, like craft beer, is in the midst of a boom: In the past 15 years, the number of distilleries in the U.S. has surged from just a handful to around 600.<p>Why are Americans buying more bourbon? According to author Reid Mitenbuler, one reason is that we're being seduced by clever bottles …

Whiskey

This fast-food-loving, organics-hating Ivy League prof will trick you into eating better

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Thomas Merton and the Eternal Search

H_ere ends the book, but not the searching._ Thomas Merton ended “The Seven Storey Mountain” with a little Latin to that effect: <i>Sit finis libri, non finis quaerendi.</i> Set tombstone-style in small caps, at once pompous and obscure, it runs against the spirit of the book, which is personal, casual, …

All That You Leave Behind

After surviving more than a decade of crack cocaine and alcohol addiction, the author latched onto a pack of friends who introduced him to bicycle touring—and reminded him that there are multiple forms of recovery<p>I had already decided that I would stay on the bike no matter what.<p>After weeks of …

The Trip Treatment

Research into psychedelics, shut down for decades, is now yielding exciting results.<p>On an April Monday in 2010, Patrick Mettes, a fifty-four-year-old television news director being treated for a cancer of the bile ducts, read an article on the front page of the <i>Times</i> that would change his death. His …

Thomas Merton At 100

Yesterday marked the Trappist monk and author’s centenary birthday. James Martin, a Jesuit priest, describes Merton’s spiritual autobiography, <i>The</i> …

Food blog

California’s law mandating roomier cages for egg-laying chickens is driving growth in the pasture-raised egg market<p>Published: 11:11 AM<p>To celebrate World Food Day, here are key ways of promoting more sustainable food systems from building grain reserves to taxing pollution<p>Published: 3:50 AM<p>Meat …

Agriculture

Food Waste Delusions

A couple months ago the New York Times convened a conference "Food for Tomorrow: Farm Better. Eat Better. Feed the World." Keynotes predictably …

Asymmetric Delusions and Pragmatism

Sometimes I joke that to conservatives, the solution to every problem is to cut taxes; to liberals, the solution to every problem is to eat local. Of …

How Andrew Sullivan changed America

Who is the most influential public intellectual of the last 20 years?<p>This designation should go to someone who actually has helped change the world, rather than just changing lots of minds. It also should go to someone who has embodied key trends of the time, noting that for both standards I am …