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Prayer and Work
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On Your Knees

Everybody prays, whether they know it or not.

Sot-Weed Factoring

The "great (colonial) American novel" was written more than half a century ago. John Barth's 1960 masterpiece, The Sot Weed Factor, keeps improving with age.

Attack of the Killer Turntables

American music—not just playing and listening to it, but making and selling it—is a portal to cultural awareness.

Edmund Wilson’s Gore

Born cynic meets redeemable tragedy.

Who Do You Love?

Phillip Roth and Ian McEwan on love, lust and loss.

The Re-Segregation of Rock & Roll

The long, strange trip from Little Richard to Dr. Dre.

Why Poetry?

As Adrienne Rich said, poetry isn’t “a mass-market product”, but when you need a good poem, nothing else will do.

Inked Well

The sudden popularity of tattoos among the American bourgeoisie is undeniable. But what does it mean?

Celebrities R US

What do Joshua Reynolds, Theda Bara, Madonna, and NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon have in common?

"I Will Be Your Poet"

Leaves of Grass is 150 years old, but vibrant as ever. A fellow poet celebrates Walt Whitman as America’s muse to the Kosmos, and the craftsman of America’s own spirit.

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Hint: it isn’t pretty.

Blue Model Blues

Kicking the can down the road is turning into a hobby for PA lawmakers.

Xi who must be obeyed

The Chinese President’s new status as “core” leader will strengthen his hand, but rifts remain within the Party.

Deal or No Deal

The answer isn’t straightforward, and it’s likely to be decided by our next president.

Asia's Game of Thrones

As Duterte continues to slam the U.S. and look to China, Japan is caught in an awkward position.


By snubbing nuclear power, Berlin has consigned itself to decades of coal dependence.

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