As the nation heads into a presidential election year, the Supreme Court is set to decide half a dozen politically charged cases in 2016 on such topics as abortion, affirmative action, contraceptives immigration.
How Christians could talk to America about sex Traditionalists in the United States have seen their influence over sexual norms wane greatly in the postwar decades. If you believe that birth-control pills
How to cultivate the character quality that predicts excellence more than any other. “Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,” Chuck Close scoffed. “A self-respecting
“To make progress, we need to be able to imagine alternative realities, and not just any old reality but a better one.” “If I expect as little as possible, I won’t be hurt,” Susan Sontag famously wrote
I recently stumbled upon a recurring theme articulated by both Jack White and Nick Cave, a concept that flies in the face of our cultural mythology about how creativity works — the idea that just showing
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Religious leaders in Africa strongly rebuked President Obama’s call to decriminalize homosexuality, suggesting it’s the reason why he received a less-than-warm welcome during a recent
On the value of unconscious association, or why the best advice is no advice. If this is indeed the year of reading more and writing better, we’ve been right on course with David Ogilvy’s 10 no-nonsense
Refining the machinery of creativity, or what heartbreak and hydraulics have to do with coaxing the muse. What extraordinary energy we expend, as a culture and a civilization, on trying to understand good
On the art-science of “allowing the various petals of our identity to fully unfold.” “If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment,” wrote Dostoevsky,
“Imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time.” The seasonal trope of the commencement address is upon us as wisdom on life is being dispensed from graduation podiums around the world. Greil
We waste so much energy trying to cover up who we are when beneath every attitude is the want to be loved, and beneath every anger is a wound to be healed and beneath every sadness is the fear that there
“Non-reading is not just the absence of reading. It is a genuine activity, one that consists of adopting a stance in relation to the immense tide of books that protects you from drowning. On that basis,
“The germ of a story is a new and simple element introduced into an existing situation or mood.” The kind of literary voyeurism that concerns itself with why great writers write and how, exactly, they
“Respond esthetically to all sounds, from the hum of the refrigerator motor or the paddling of oars on a lake, to the tones of a cello or muted trumpet.” Music has a powerful grip on our emotional brain.