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February 12, 2000

Vol.182 / No.4
Richard A. BlakeFebruary 12, 2000

Good news for Matt Damon fans: They will hate Matt Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley. My theory rests on the junior high school girls sitting behind me, who squirmed and chatted from prelude to coda. I harbored dark hopes that the popcorn they replenished every half hour would lodge under their retai

George M. AndersonFebruary 12, 2000

Doing Time 25 Years of Prison Writing is an anthology of short stories essays and poems written by incarcerated women and men over a 25-year period They were all prize winners in the yearly competition sponsored by the prison writing program of PEN Poets Playwrights Essayists Editors and Nove

Our readersFebruary 12, 2000

Journey of Conversion

Apologies for a tardy response to Tourist or Pilgrim? Rescuing the Jubilee, by Paul Robichaud, C.S.P (12/18/99); a prolonged absence and the Christmas festivities have me going through issues of America

Richard P. McBrienFebruary 12, 2000

Soon after the U.S. Catholic bishops passed the revised version of the Application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae on Nov. 17, 1999, several newspapers, including The New York Times, phoned me for a reaction. In each instance, the reporter asked if I intended to request a mandate from the local bishop. I indi

Drew Christiansen, S.J.February 12, 2000

The front-page photos were an editor's delight. In one, a man kissed the locked doors of the Holy Sepulchre. In another, a pilgrim knelt in prayer before them. In a third, an Austrian nun, excluded from the Basilica of the Nativity, wept in Bethlehem's Manger Square as Palestinian police loo

Of Many Things
James Martin, SJFebruary 12, 2000

Heretical as it is for someone living in New York, I must confess: I almost never go to the theater. But before you peg me a hopeless philistine, I might explain that there are a number of, well, reasonable reasons for this. First of all, have you checked the price of a Broadway ticket lately? Not a

Terry GolwayFebruary 12, 2000

William Bennett’s latest book, The Educated Child, earned a prominent place on my shelves the day I caught a glimpse of just how difficult it must be for people who wish to raise educated childrenindeed, how difficult it must be to wish to be an educated child. While making my occasional and u