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St. Justin Martyr on the Eucharist and the Ancient Mass

Today's saint, St. Justin Martyr, laid out one of the earliest descriptions of the Mass in his “First Apology,” written between 153 and 155 A.D. It’s …

Daughter Dearest

One of Hollywood’s greatest stars, Joan Crawford, was redefined as a sadistic control freak by Mommie Dearest, her daughter’s 1978 tell-all. In an excerpt from the author’s new Crawford biography, based in part on interviews with another Crawford daughter, a very different story emerges.<p>It was …

Frank Sinatra Has a Cold

<i>In the winter of 1965, writer Gay Talese arrived in Los Angeles with an assignment from Esquire to profile Frank Sinatra. The legendary singer was approaching fifty, under the weather, out of sorts, and unwilling to be interviewed. So Talese remained in L.A., hoping Sinatra might recover and</i> …

Is Religion Responsible for the World's Violence?

A few months ago, a “gun-toting atheist” and self-proclaimed “anti-theist” killed three Muslims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. There's some question …

Fifty Shades of Grey Is an Ode to Female Sexuality, but There’s One Thing Missing

For the first time in recorded history we have a world-wide frenzy about the most undersold, over-pathologized, violently abused, untapped natural power source: female sexuality. Which is why I adore everything about <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i>. The trilogy is an erotic comic book that, wisely, relies on …

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Why Footbinding Persisted in China for a Millennium

For the past year I have been working with Britain’s BBC television to make a documentary series on the history of women. In the latest round of …

Selfish Inequality: The Long Wait For The Ladies' Room

Where did strangers answer the "call of nature" in Victorian London?<p>At the start of Victoria's reign, options were limited. Some pubs had primitive outdoor "urinals" -- no more than a vertical slab of stone -- but men largely resorted to the nearest alley. Residents living near to much-frequented …

It's Time for Catholics to Embrace Halloween

As we near All Hallows Eve, aka Halloween, we fired some questions at the walking encyclopedia that is Father Steve Grunow, and he responded with …

The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed

Author: Adrian Chen. Adrian Chen Business<p>Date of Publication: 10.23.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p><b>The campuses of</b> the tech industry are …

Capturing Grand Design: Bruce White on Photographing Tapestries

Accompanying the exhibition <i>Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry</i> is a fully illustrated catalogue by the same name. This …

Rental America: Why the poor pay $4,150 for a $1,500 sofa

CULLMAN, Ala. — The love seat and sofa that Jamie Abbott can’t quite afford ended up in her double-wide trailer because of the day earlier this year when she and her family walked into a new store called Buddy’s. Abbott had no access to credit, no bank account and little cash, but here was a place …

Why Revive 'Cosmos?' Neil DeGrasse Tyson Says Just About Everything We Know Has Changed

Things are looking up for Neil deGrasse Tyson--<i>way</i> up. As the director of the Hayden Planetarium and the author of several popular books on space, Tyson is already one of the nation's best-known scientists. And now his already-high profile is set for a big boost with the March 9 launch of "Cosmos: …

Five Things the Synod Just Did

<i>This article first appeared in America: The National Catholic Review</i><p>What does the final report of the Synod on the Family mean for the church?<p>Essentially, the "relatio" (or report) published today, at the close of the Synod, will serve as a starting point for future discussion. It was also …

John Adams, ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Composer, Prepares for Controversial Metropolitan Opera Production

At a rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera House last Wednesday, the composer John Adams peered into the orchestra pit, scribbling notes as his opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” came to life on the stage.<p>Afterward, he rode the subway to Grand Central, then, after briefly admiring the ceiling, …

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Sons of Anarchy and the Rise of Cognitive Dissonance

The hit show "Sons of Anarchy", which is just beginning its final season, centers around a motorcycle club in a small town named Charming Heights. In …

Sons of Anarchy