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matt-beynon-rees's picture
Jun.14.2009
The magazine of Harvard's Nieman Fellowship asked me to write an essay about Jeffrey Fleishman's "Promised Virgins: A Novel of Jihad". I wrote about why international correspondents like me and Fleishman, Cairo bureau chief for the LA Times, turn to novels to express the depth of what we...
farzana-versey's picture
Jun.06.2009
It was an unusual sale. Hemratna Suri Maharaj, a Jain monk, died in deep meditation. 15,000 devotees bid to perform his last rites. Worse, the several rituals were being auctioned for separately. The person who bid the highest amount, what the reports described as “the perfectly symmetrical sum of...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Jun.05.2009
“Fuck,” said God. …That’s a line from one of the short-stories in Shalom Auslander’s “Beware of God.” I live in the Middle East, so I feel like I hear God saying “Fuck!” almost every day. (If He doesn’t, then He’s not reading the newspapers.) “Beware of God” nails faith and the faithful as only a...
a-colin-wright's picture
Jun.02.2009
As many of you will know by now, a major concern in my writing is “meaning.” Now of course, this does not necessarily come through in any individual piece of writing: rather, there may be little bits here, little bits there, but over the years I have obviously developed some kind of philosophy of...
angela-k-nickerson's picture
Jun.01.2009
Today I am pleased to welcome Jessica Lawlor as a guest blogger.  Jessica is a student at Temple University, and she is currently studying in Rome.    On Sunday, I took advantage of an amazing opportunity to attend a very special Pentecost mass at the Pantheon. “What’s so special about mass?”...
lana-nieves's picture
May.20.2009
"Test all things and hold fast to that which is good"1 Thessalonians 5:21 In the gay vernacular, the terms "top" and "bottom" take on special meaning. Specifically, the Top is the partner who takes on a dominant role, while the Bottom is the partner who takes on a more...
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May.16.2009
Zoe Murdock will read and discuss her new novel, Torn by God: A Family's Struggle with Polygamy. The story is a riveting family drama that chronicles the devastation brought upon a young Mormon family when the father has a vision that leads him to become involved with a polygamist group run by a...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
May.15.2009
Pope's visit satisfies fewAnalysis: After a five-day visit to the Holy Land, the Pope may be wondering why he came. By Matt Beynon Rees - GlobalPostJERUSALEM — As the Pope’s special El Al flight departed Tel Aviv for Rome Friday at the end of his five-day visit to the Holy Land, he might have...
john-braun's picture
May.12.2009
I had a startling occurrence yesterday at work. In the middle of a hilarious (if I do say so myself) reference to the 'flux capacitor' of Back to the Future fame, I had to trail off and inconspicuously withdraw from the conversation because I realized nobody in the conversation - if not in the...
farzana-versey's picture
May.12.2009
They are tut-tutting that the holy city will become a mini Dubai, a consumerist paradise. Yes, Dubai is about consumerism. So is religion. It is all about buying a bit of sawaab (reward for piety). The very fact that Saudi Arabia has a monarch whose lifestyle isn’t exactly an example of austerity...