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July 31, 2006

Vol.195 / No.3
Of Many Things
Drew ChristiansenJuly 31, 2006

This is the season of parish closings, consolidations and reconfigurations. After watching the phenomenon at a distance for some years, it has finally struck home for me with a one-two punch. Late this spring the Archdiocese of New York announced the closure of my boyhood parish, St. Paul on Staten

Matthew WeinerJuly 31, 2006

In the city of Ground Zero, what are Muslims saying about cartoons? When I ask the question to Muslim friends, they tell me stories I wish more people could hear. Muslims in New York seem remarkably unconsumed by the cartoons, because well before 9/11 they understood the need to be self-critical and

Gerald F. CavanaghJuly 31, 2006

Louis Uchitelle a veteran New York Times reporter examines the human costs of focusing on short-term financial gains and globalization mdash outsourcing downsizing and layoffs Millions experience the resulting anxiety and illness in their daily lives In The Disposable American Uchitelle investi

Terry GolwayJuly 31, 2006

The columnist Russell Baker once wrote a piece about the discovery he made one evening after he retired to his basement and, with nothing else to do, turned on the television set. All sorts of new and alien life forms invaded the basement. There was, he would write, a country living in his cellara c

Richard A. BlakeJuly 31, 2006

Dr. T. J. Eckleburg’s eyes, an optometrist’s billboard on the road to Jay Gatsby’s mansion, stared patiently out over the Jazz Age, without blinking, without judgment, without tears. In their pitiless observation of America drowning in its own bootleg liquor and easy money, the eye

The Word

The Transfiguration is the event in which the inner circle of Jesus rsquo disciples experienced his true glorious nature as a kind of preview or anticipation of his glory as the risen Lord When the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord falls on a Sunday its readings supersede those of the Sun

Dennis HammJuly 31, 2006

In an earlier issue of America (3/27), I discussed three New Testament passages that are often used to argue for a separation of faith from public life: “The poor you will always have with you,” “Render to Caesar...” and “The kingdom of God is within you.” I tried