“What really makes these critics hate Million Dollar Baby is not its supposedly radical politics — which are nonexistent — but its lack of sentimentality. It is, indeed, no Rocky, and in our America that departure from the norm is itself a form of cultural radicalism.” Frank Rich has Clint Eastwood’s back in the Christian conservative culture skirmish over Million Dollar...
By Ann Neumann There are two places in the U.S. where you can be fed against your will: a Catholic hospital and a prison.
Quoting Charles Taylor quoting Schiller; from his essay "Disenchantment--Reenchantment" in The Joy of Secuarlism, now out in paperback.
"Panopticism is a form of knowledge and a form of power."
From Patton Burchett's "Religions of India" class, 28 poems after Kabir, the celebrated 15-16th century devotional poet and social critic from northern India.
William Hogeland on Herman Husband, the War of the Regulation and his new book, Founding Finance
By Jack Downey A student group's reasons for uninviting Ann Coulter from a visit to Fordham University should be troubling.
From "The Eye," a short story by Alice Monro, excerpted from her new book of short stories, Dear Life, at The Guardian.
By Jeff Sharlet Just as the election blinds the press to the bigger, enduring story -- reality -- of massive and growing inequality in the U.S., so the Pew study of the Nones has distracted many from what I think are the most interesting numbers.
"Jesus was the only One that ever raised the dead," The Misfit continued, "and He shouldn't have done it."
by Nora Connor I heard the sound of right-wing internal organs. hitting the floor in bloody lumps one after the other, as if she were Uma Thurman taking on Lucy Liu’s goon squad in Kill Bill. But was she?