The subtitle of Scot McKnight‘s book—“a gospel of peace in the midst of empire”—begs the question: Can there be a gospel of peace in the face of the violence, repression, and kleptocracy that empire not only authorizes but requires?
Isolation is a terrible punishment, we all know. Circumstances when people have been hidden away include, at the extreme end, being dropped down a well…
Ann Kjellberg
While cats are serious business in children’s literature, “serious” literature hasn’t had much truck with them. A whole other order of phenomenon is Cz…
Ann Kjellberg
In the years since “Ready to Die” by Notorious B.I.G. first appeared, Biggie’s old neighborhood has been gentrified, hip-hop has been embraced by a mai…
Ann Kjellberg
Christopher Benfey on Mark Doty’s new memoir of reading Walt Whitman: How mystical experience and a passionate embrace of gay sex contributed to his ex…
Ann Kjellberg
The patron saint of my kitchen is Ziryab (789-857). Ziryab is said to have been a freed slave. He grew to maturity in Baghdad, studying music at the co…
Ann Kjellberg
The literature of witness: Is its job to render redemptive themes, or convey the naked horror of experience?
Ann Kjellberg
That nature recovers best when people fuss with it least is at the heart of Isabella Tree's splendidly written and unsentimentally inspiring book
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