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May 20, 2000

Vol.182 / No.18
Gerald T. CobbMay 20, 2000

Samuel Clemens rsquo s birth in 1835 and his death in 1910 coincided with successive appearances of Halley rsquo s comet providing an apt image for the periodic reappearance of Mark Twain on the U S literary cultural horizon Two recent books on Clemens adopt different approaches in order to provi

Thomas J. McCarthyMay 20, 2000

Jesuit education fomented in me a rebellious mind and spirit. It forever altered my frame of reference: introducing a Catholic boy who lived safe in the knowledge of good and evil to a catholic worldview that held that all things are gifts from God, and transforming a basically docile open-mindednes

The Word
John R. DonahueMay 20, 2000

Today rsquo s feast follows the Lukan picture of the exaltation of Jesus Only Luke has a 40-day schema followed by Pentecost and while the day is called the Ascension of the Lord the focus of the readings is on the exaltation of Jesus who commissions his followers to carry on his mission The ch


New York Says Goodbye To Cardinal O’ConnorThousands filled St. Patrick’s Cathedral for one service after another as New Yorkers said their final goodbyes to Cardinal John J. O’Connor. The 80-year-old cardinal, who died on May 3 after an eight-month battle with cancer, was archbisho

Janice FarnhamMay 20, 2000

When was the last time you picked up a long and thorough study by a professional historian that you couldn rsquo t put down Ruth Harris rsquo s new book published to critical acclaim by the academic and literary communities may well do the trick for you It provides an elegantly written intellig

James E. HugMay 20, 2000

At a Jesuit university halfway around the world, a visiting Latin American theologian told the assembled Jesuits, "Students? Oh, students are the necessary sin of a university!" The comment was made tongue-in-cheek to stir the audience up. But his line of thought was deadly serious. Studen

Thomas HughsonMay 20, 2000

The co-editors of this sleek volume in CultureWork A Book Series from the Center for Literary and Cultural Studies at Harvard are Marjorie Garber William R Kenan Jr professor of English at Harvard and Rebecca L Walkowitz a Harvard Ph D candidate Professor Garber also directs the Center fo