December 14, 2009

Vol. 201 No. 19Whole No. 4878 Download PDF

Editorials

The Moment Is Now
If the planet is to survive, all nations must construct an equitable structure for energy consumption.
Current Comment
Bloggers Beware; Venerabile Subito!; Art That Frees and Enslaves

Articles

Auditing Self-Interest
Maurice E. Stucke
How the Great Recession provoked an economic examination of conscience
What If We Said, 'Wait'?
Michael G. Ryan
The case for a grass-roots review of the new Roman Missal

Books and Culture

Culture
Pure Poetry
James S. Torrens
W. S. Merwin writes about darkness, but also our fugitive but astonishing experiences of light.
Art
The Americans
John A. Coleman
A new show of American paintings at the Met seeks to find clues to shifts in American self-understanding.
Television
Here's All the People
Dominic J. Grassi
The PBS series “Scenes From a Parish” chooses not to dwell on the forces that sap the energy from so many church communities today.
Theater
Family Therapy
Michael V. Tueth
"Next to Normal" tells the story of a woman afflicted with bipolar disorder and the effect her illness has on her family.