The National Catholic Review

January 4, 2010

Vol. 202 No. 1Whole No. 4879 Download PDF


Marching Into the Past
President Obama's Nobel acceptance speech was a march backward into cold war history.
Current Comment
Hell on Wheels; Reaping, Sowing, Googling; A Long Way From Home


Conversation Peace
Ann M. Garrido, Sheila Heen

Practicing what we preach in resolving conflicts

Vatican II Revisited
Francine Cardman

The apostolic visitation revives some unresolved conflicts.

Books and Culture

Tangled up in Bears
James T. Keane

Sections of John Irving's new novel are a triumph of storytelling, as if the author is shouting: Look, ma, no hands!

James S. Torrens

A native of the city, Louise Gluck visits the countryside in her latest collection of poems.

Beads of Power
Thomas J. Shelley

There are fashions in devotion just as there are in secular life. But Mary, and the rosary, is different.

Dead End
Richard A. Blake

Cormac McCarthy's "The Road"

Flying Solo
John P. McCarthy

'Up in the Air' recognizes a harsh reality beneath its own verbal dexterity and slick packaging.

When I Grow Up
Terrance W. Klein

The three lead characters on "Men of a Certain Age" aren’t buffoons, the role that middle age men play in most sitcoms.