Voices

 

Tom Deignan, a columnist for the Irish Voice newspaper, writes regularly for America.

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Tom Deignan
Something has changed for the novelist John Banville in the last 15 years. In a twist worthy of his own byzantine fiction, Banville has adopted a new persona and writing style, and even—perhaps—a changed attitude toward “the Irish thing” he once derided.
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Tom Deignan
Emma Donoghue's new novel unfolds over the course of All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day—with a chatty cast of priests, nuns and philosophizing orderlies running about—adding to the sanctified air.
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Tom Deignan
Khyati Y. Joshi's new book shines “a light on Christian privilege and its entwinement with White privilege."
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Tom Deignan
In short, Greenhouse argues, “Something is fundamentally broken in the way many American employers treat their workers.”
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Tom Deignan
Science fiction writers continue to turn to religious characters, imagery and ideas to sort things out.
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Tom Deignan
There is no way to explain the success of Catholic school athletes without taking into account a wide range of factors—historical, sociological and, yes, spiritual.
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Tom Deignan
Jane Leavy chronicles Babe Ruth’s life and times, with a heavy emphasis not only on the culture Ruth played in, but the ways he radically altered that culture, with the help of his visionary agent Christy Walsh.
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Tom Deignan
Writer William Trevor never shied away from something like the Gothic, the nearly horrific side of everything from romantic passion to parenthood.
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Tom Deignan
Hunger strikes raise thorny political, philosophical and even spiritual questions.
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Tom Deignan
In 'Beyond 15,' Jonathan Rosenblum scolds Barack Obama for being “more invested in bailing out the financial sector than in expending political capital for workers’ rights.”