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Nick Ripatrazone has written for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, The Paris Review and Esquire. His books include Ember Days, a collection of stories and Longing for an Absent God: Faith and Doubt in Great American Fiction.

Arts & CultureBooks
Nick Ripatrazone
Marshall McLuhan, the pop culture sage of the electronic world, spent the final days of his life with Frank Stroud, S.J.
 Father Paul Hill (Hamish Linklater) as Father Paul Hill in ‘Midnight Mass’ (photo: IMDB)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Nick Ripatrazone
“Midnight Mass” feels like a throwback to the world that received “The Exorcist” in 1973.
The funeral of Bishop Juan José Gerardi Conedera (photograph courtesy of HBO)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Nick Ripatrazone
“The Art of Political Murder” reveals what happened when the government finally had enough of Bishop Juan José Gerardi Conedera.
FaithFeatures
Nick Ripatrazone
A willingness to recognize the holiness of the ordinary might be the highest ideal of the solitary life.
Arts & CultureBooks
Nick Ripatrazone
If you think being a writer is nerve-wracking, try being a reviewer.
FaithFaith in Focus
Nick Ripatrazone
Bobcats, bears, foxes, hares, deer, raccoons, birds and the occasional coyote: Each day we capture wildlife on our trail camera, and my twin daughters continually become more entranced by animals.
Pictured from left: Mary Madeleva Wolff, C.S.C., Jessica Powers (Sister Miriam of the Holy Spirit) and Madeline DeFrees (Mary Gilbert, S.N.J.M.) (photos: Saint Mary's College archives/Wikipedia/Madelinedefrees.com).
Arts & CulturePoetry
Nick Ripatrazone
In the mid-20th century, several women religious were writing and publishing ambitious poetry.
FaithFaith in Focus
Nick Ripatrazone
I am getting a window into the daily lives of my daughters, and I truly understand what my wife has always told me: Catholic schooling has defined her view of the world.
Members of the cast of ABC's 1997 show "Nothing Sacred." 
Arts & CultureIdeas
Nick Ripatrazone
The television series about an urban Catholic church was groundbreaking, and there has been nothing like it since.
Arts & CultureTelevision
Nick Ripatrazone
It is a great set up for a television series—and yes, the comparisons to Scully and Mulder are warranted.