Voices

Kevin Spinale, S.J., a Jesuit priest, is a doctoral candidate in English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and is the moderator of the Catholic Book Club.

Arts & Culture Catholic Book Club
Kevin Spinale May 24, 2019
Reflections on chapters 2 & 3 of ‘Catholic Modern’
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Kevin Spinale April 29, 2019
The Catholic Book Club's new selection studies the Catholic Church's ecclesial response to modernity over the last century.
Arts & Culture Books
Kevin Spinale April 19, 2019
In his new book about his work, Robert Caro explains why it takes so many years to research and write his books.
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Kevin Spinale January 03, 2019
The stories of Andre Dubus delve into loneliness, the ferocity of parental love, adultery, retribution and sex that is a stay against loneliness.
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Kevin Spinale October 04, 2018
Alan Jacobs’s new book is a collage of the intellectual considerations of five thinkers who, in their experience of the violence of World War II and their revulsion at the fascism that fueled it, contemplate the nature of education and its renewal after the anticipated Allied victory.
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Kevin Spinale October 02, 2018
Kate Bowler's memoir is an elegant theodicy exactly because it is not an explanation. It is a story of human suffering. It is the account of a human person who believes and struggles in her belief as she tries to appropriate the depths of suffering in the midst of an illness that may end her life.
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Kevin Spinale July 11, 2018
An interpretive essay and some questions for reflection on the Catholic Book Club's new selection, "Dagger John" by John Loughery.
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Kevin Spinale April 04, 2018

Totality occurred on Aug. 21, 2017, when the first total solar eclipse in the United States in 38 years swathed the country from Oregon to South Carolina. It was reported on by a media hungry for distractions.

Arts & Culture Catholic Book Club
Kevin Spinale January 05, 2018
Alice McDermott's new novel will provoke contemplation and prayer. It is a Catholic book, and it will seep into you like indigo into a clean, pure bolt of cloth.
Dorothy Day in 1916
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Kevin Spinale September 25, 2017
Beauty is the medium through which Kate Hennessy describes her mother and grandmother.