Flannery O'Connor

The Color of Humanity in Sally Mann’s South

We’re in Virginia, where the photographer Sally Mann was born, in 1951, and where she still lives, making work so rooted in place that it is inseparable from history, from lore, and from the effects of slavery. Like Janus, she looks forward as she looks back, at all those bodies that made her and …

Political Satire

Making Modernity Human

In a world agog with labels and categories we too often leave important ideas behind. With paleocons, traditionalists, neocons, Leocons, …

Conservative View

Prufrock: Virginia Woolf's Cornwall, Flannery O'Connor's Book Reviews, and in Praise of Learning Latin the Old Way

<b>Reviews and News:</b><p>The architectural sacking of Paris:

Conservative View

New York has debated ‘innovative’ tests. But what does that actually mean?

In New York, the annual state tests still mean the usual multiple-choice questions and short writing prompts — and that’s not likely to change …

Education

13 Simple Things You Need To Live Your Best Life

It’s one thing to live. It’s another thing to live life fully. To live your <i>best life.</i><p>Now that requires certain things. And yes, we know your …

David Bowie

The Grace Lurking in the Midst of an All-Consuming Anger

<b></b>SPOILER ALERT: This review does indeed contain spoilers.<p>Red Welby (Caleb Landry Jones) reads Flannery O’Connor. This is not a defining feature of …

Martin McDonagh

Inhabiting Others: Charmaine Craig on Writing 'Miss Burma'

The Union of Burma, 1949: in a newly independent nation-state, the Karen people began an armed rebellion against Burmese rule. The British had …

New Delhi

How to Break Free from Limiting Beliefs

Whatever you believe imprisons you<p><b>We don’t see reality; we see our version of reality.</b><p>One morning, while eating breakfast, a young woman couldn’t …

Critical Thinking

The Elements of Rhetoric and Evangelization with Dr. Ryan Topping

Dr. Ryan Topping is Vice President and Academic Dean at Newman Theological College and the author of <i>The Elements of Rhetoric: How to Write and Speak</i> …

Jackson Pollock

End-Times Anxiety | R. R. Reno

An atmosphere of crisis envelops us. Political commentary has become hysterical, not just on clickbait Internet platforms, but also in prestige …

Prufrock: The Obama Portraits, Van Gogh's Doctor, and Jack Kerouac Catholicism

<b>Reviews and News:</b><p>The official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were revealed yesterday. I like the former president

Conservative View

‘The Friend’ is an unlikely dog novel

<b>THE FRIEND,</b> by Sigrid Nunez. Riverhead, 212 pp., $25.<p>Sigrid Nunez’s seventh novel, “The Friend,” is about a woman and a dog, but is it a dog book? …

Pets

Neutral Milk Hotel's 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea' turns 20: Read our original 1998 review

On his 1996 debut album, <i>On Avery Island</i>, and its just-released sequel, <i>In the Aeroplane Over the Sea</i>, Neutral Milk Hotel main man Jeff Mangum …

Minneapolis-Saint Paul

It’s Time For Tayari Jones

With her fourth novel, An American Marriage (and a little help from Oprah), Jones is arriving at the big moment she’s been waiting for.<p><b>A novel written in</b> the English language with a name like <i>An American Marriage</i> conjures up a specific set of broad outlines: post-war optimism, masturbation in the …

Books

No Strangers Here

ROUGHLY 25 YEARS AGO, Toni Morrison’s landmark meditation on the uses of whiteness in American literature, <i>Playing in the Dark</i>, examined the national …

Books

Tyler Childers is, essentially, just a storyteller

A serious buzz surrounds Tyler Childers, whose gritty 2017 album "Purgatory" was produced by Americana star Sturgill Simpson and Johnny Cash engineer David Ferguson. The Kentucky singer-songwriter pens memorable tunes that blend the Southern Gothic sensibility of author Flannery O'Connor with the …

Sturgill Simpson

Author Terese Marie Mailhot on Creating Art From Grief

The "Heart Berries" memoirist talks advice for aspiring authors and the "untouchable" confidence she found through writing.<p>Terese Marie Mailhot’s …

Writing

In Fire Sermon, Jamie Quatro Explores Mutual Desire

Jamie Quatro begins her debut novel by positioning the consummation of an affair against the commencement of a marriage. The first pages depict …

Nashville

All the Poets (Musicians on Writing): Patterson Hood

<i>PATTERSON HOOD has been leading the Drive-By Truckers — a country-rock band with a hip-hop attitude — for more than two decades. Along the way, the</i> …

Books

Aristotle, Priests, and the Art of Preaching

Aristotle was a pagan. He died more than three hundred years before the Incarnation, and so Dante put him in the first circle of hell along with his …

Theology

The Fear of Catholic Contamination at the Heart of American Individualism

Share<p>Gothic fiction, the fiction of fear, has long been identified as paradoxically central to the literary tradition of the United States. Early …

Toni Morrison

In Youth Is Suffering: Denton Welch and the Literature of Convalescence

IN 1935, the writer and artist Denton Welch, then a 20-year-old student at Goldsmiths’ College in London, was struck by a car while biking to his …

Literature

'It's a really special place': Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams talks Louisiana, new album

Lucinda Williams can never fully leave Louisiana behind.<p>In so many of her acclaimed albums, including Grammy winners “Car Wheels on Gravel Road” and …

Lucinda Williams

Taking notice of Tribune Tower

One day a long time ago, while I was living in Florida, I got a call asking if I was interested in working at the Chicago Tribune and, if so, could I fly to Chicago for an interview?<p>At the time, I had another job offer, in San Francisco, and I told the editor who’d offered me the California job …

Stronger Together

Tim O’Brien’s gut-wrenching short story “The Things They Carried” evokes the pain of carrying a weight that can never be made lighter. Much as …

James Baldwin

The Lost Giant of American Literature

A major black novelist made a remarkable début. How did he disappear?<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>There were arrows, so we followed them. This was one afternoon last summer; my partner and I had spent the day at our local public …

New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Growing Stronger

“Meanwhile, a widespread decline in churchgoing and religious affiliation had contributed to a growing anxiety among conservative believers.” …

Conservative View

Reading Bad

IN A DISCUSSION of the TV show <i>Breaking Bad</i>, the critic Emily Nussbaum once pointed out that the character Todd — who saw the show’s protagonist …

Books

Downsizing's Hong Chau on director Alexander Payne, Big Little Lies and roles for Asian people

“I would like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement!” jokes Hong Chau, the rising star with a Golden Globe nomination for her role in …

Alexander Payne

Michael Wolff, Jamie Quatro, Ali Smith, and More: 5 Books Making News This Week: Fire and Ice

Costa Book Award winners include <b>Jon McGregor’s</b> <i>Reservoir 13</i> (fiction), <b>Gail Honeyman’s</b> <i>Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine</i> (first novel) and <b>Helen</b> …

Books