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February 11, 2008

Vol.198 / No.4
Editorials
The Editors February 11, 2008

There is general consensus among economists and business leaders that the United States is entering a recession. The indicators look bad, including a decline in consumer spending and confidence, the collapse of the housing industry, the credit crunch and increases in unemployment. What went wrong?

Film
Richard A. Blake February 11, 2008

Novelists are liars. So are filmmakers. In their search for the truth artists find mundane reality quite unsuited to their purposes. The only solution lies in creating an alternative universe, where events and personalities lead to desired conclusions. In “Burnt Norton” T. S. Eliot observed, “

Books
Ron Hansen February 11, 2008

In late October 2004 James Martin S J an associate editor of America got a surprise phone call from the actor Sam Rockwell Sam was developing his role as Judas for an Off-Broadway production of a new play 8220 The Last Days of Judas Iscariot 8221 by Stephen Adly Guirgis Because Sam was

Costas Panagopoulos February 11, 2008

Campaign financing and the race for president

Maurice Timothy Reidy February 11, 2008

America is pleased to introduce its first audio slide show. Catholic artist Alfonse Borysewicz, profiled in the February 11 issue, narrates a tour of his work. Watch the slide show.

Of Many Things
Drew Christiansen February 11, 2008

It is not often that popes cancel scheduled addresses, but after protests by professors and graduate students at Rome’s La Sapienza University, the Vatican canceled a lecture by Pope Benedict XVI scheduled for the opening of the university’s academic year on Jan. 18. In the end, the cont

Camille D'Arienzo, R.S.M. February 11, 2008

Preparations for the 10th Annual Service for Families and Friends of Murder Victims last October turned out to be both fatiguing and exhilarating. Members of the Cherish Life Circle, which sponsored the service, know what it is like for mourners to come, some year after year and others for the first