Books and Culture
From a Hollywood writer, a richly evocative vision of Catholic Mexico
Charles Simic's poems point to what we are.
Does Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom" merit the hype?
In Prague, many of the stops on the tourist trail left us dissatisfied, but we found what we needed.
"Parks and Recreation" and other truly must-see television shows
Signs of the Times
Accidental Pilgrims II
In the January 24-31 issue of America, four editors recount spiritual encounters they experienced while traveling. Here we offer additional reflections from Maurice Timothy Reidy, Fr. Raymond Schroth and Kerry Weber. Monks' Walls
Gear Up and Go Every extra ounce counts so keep it light. Here are the must haves: water; bike repair kit with air pressure gauge, tire irons and spare tube; small pump; money, ID and insurance card; cell phone. What to Wear This is not a fashion show. Safety and comfort come first. Always wear a helmut; bike shorts with gel padding; fingerless gloves; bike jersey—not essential but the back pockets are handy. Check Out Your Bike Check out your bike to make sure it’s ready to roll. Tires—be sure your tires are properly inflated. Brakes—see that the brake pads, front and rear, are hitting the tire, not the rim. Seat and handlebar posts—be sure they are properly adjusted and securely locked. Chain and gears—lubricate the chain regularly, and run through the gears. Cycling Organizations
The Best of 2010
Every year the editors are asked to submit their nominations for the Catholic Press Association magazine awards. This year, we decided to share some of our choices with our online readers. Here are some (but by no means all!) of our favorite pieces from last year: Editorial "Housecleaning" (February 22): Working class families should not have to abandon their dream of a new home because of the housing market debacle, the editors argue.