Voices

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.

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 & Culture Poetry
Nick Ripatrazone May 15, 2020
In the mid-20th century, several women religious were writing and publishing ambitious poetry.
Faith Faith in Focus
Nick Ripatrazone April 20, 2020
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 & Culture Ideas
Nick Ripatrazone February 21, 2020
The television series about an urban Catholic church was groundbreaking, and there has been nothing like it since.
Arts & Culture Television
Nick Ripatrazone September 20, 2019
It is a great set up for a television series—and yes, the comparisons to Scully and Mulder are warranted.
Arts & Culture Books
Nick Ripatrazone July 26, 2019
"An Orchestra of Minorities" is a profoundly tragic story of ambition and despair and how both come from the struggle to love.
Arts & Culture Television
Nick Ripatrazone March 29, 2019
Jordan Peele’s incarnation of the show will certainly get people thinking—and talking.
Arts & Culture Books
Nick Ripatrazone February 13, 2019
A comprehensive new book takes us all the way through Hell.
Arts & Culture Books
Nick Ripatrazone January 10, 2019

“Anyone can do any amount of work,” wrote the American humorist Robert Benchley, “provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.” Procrastination is an act of will, the choice to postpone what needs to be done.

Photo of John Cheever from AP
Arts & Culture Books
Nick Ripatrazone November 30, 2018
The simultaneous pull of love and sadness is pure Cheever and permeates his Christmas story.
Arts & Culture Books
Nick Ripatrazone October 24, 2018
At a moment when reporters are being criticized from all sides, 'The Quiet American' feels painfully prescient.