Jonathan Swift in Karachi
May 22, 2012
Mohammed Hanif’s new novel, which follows on his wonderful debut, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, centers on Alice Bhatti, a janitor’s daughter and a Chr
May 21, 2012
In his architectural history of the Capitol Building, Guy Gugliotta emphasizes—it is, alas, a timeless theme—how extraordinarily difficult it is to co
The Border Crossers
May 18, 2012
From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933–1965 By John Connelly (Harvard University Press, 376 pp., $35) Across the violent years of the twentieth century, the Roman Catholic Church underwent a trial of conscience that ultimately brought about a radical transformation in its official doctrine regarding the Jews. Church tradition had long held that the Jewish people were abandoned by God and condemned to wander the Earth, their religion nullified by the new covenant with Christ.
How Low Can We Go?
May 17, 2012
Daniel Gross celebrates the flexibility and the robustness of the American economy, arguing that it enjoys many hidden strengths, and will expand in t
The Human Factor
May 16, 2012
Science, like art, is a human expression. Roald Hoffmann has given a great deal of thought to how to convey this truth, which lies at the heart of the
Are You Dead Yet?
May 15, 2012
In The Undead, Dick Teresi abdicates his role as an objective narrator. He accuses the medical profession of sloppiness in the way it determines death
May 14, 2012
Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court’s decision striking down state statutes that criminalized gay sex was a constitutional landmark, and will remain
May 10, 2012
The proper way to understand Salafism, Laurent Bonnefoy maintains, is not through the prism of the nation-state, but by understanding how a transnatio
Tailey, Twirley, Loopey
May 09, 2012
Henry Hitchings’s new book points out all of the ideological pitfalls of debating language use, and he takes pains to avoid falling into them himself.
DaVinci's Ghost (A Response)
May 08, 2012
I was flattered to read Hannah Brooks-Motl’s recent review of my book Da Vinci’s Ghost and am grateful for the kinds things she had to say about it. Her general criticisms seem fair enough to me, although I don’t necessarily agree with them all. But could I correct just a few factual errors, since they might mislead people about the nature of my work?