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July 30, 2001

Vol.185 / No.3
The Word
John R. DonahueJuly 30, 2001

The host of a morning news program was interviewing a writer from Forbes magazine who was lamenting the financial losses suffered by various dot-com billionaires He said that one person rsquo s fortune had fallen to a mere 170 million and another had only a billion left I could barely hold back m

Doris DonnellyJuly 30, 2001

Cardinal Danneels, did you plan this intervention at the May consistory beforehand? No. At synods, I usually wait about a week before I speak. First I listen. I feel the temperature. I listen to what has been said, what has not been said, and what I think needs to be said at that point. Some bi

Film
Richard A. BlakeJuly 30, 2001

A. I. Artificial Intelligence leaves no doubt that it wants its audiences to enter a realm of pure fantasy when it identifies one of the last remaining islands of civilization as New Jersey. As the voice-over narrator (Ben Kingsley) explains (pace George W.), global warming has melted the polar ice

Poetry
Carolyn GrassiJuly 30, 2001

The war blew out your stained glass windows

Faith in Focus
William F. WegherJuly 30, 2001

I was standing in the doorway, looking at the clear blue sky on an icy cold January afternoon, when she came up the stairs. I hadn’t seen Irene in over six years, but I had been thinking about her a lot recently. She was coming up from a diocesan meeting my parish was hosting in the church hal

Books
Kevin P. QuinnJuly 30, 2001

With the sequencing of the human genome virtually completed and the first analysis of the decoded sequence now reported this book is important for at least two reasons First it explores the promises and challenges of the new genetics with comprehensive yet exceptionally readable commentary Secon

Editorials
The EditorsJuly 30, 2001

The New York Times has as much enthusiasm for President Bush as Mr. Creakle, the headmaster of Salem House, had for that wholly unpromising schoolboy, David Copperfield. The Times’s editorials regularly register their disfavor with Mr. Bush’s domestic and foreign policies. What about the