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A Life Worth Dying For

September 22nd, 2010
Liberal religion lost one of its most ardent and articulate champions when Forrest Church died September 24, 2009. The Rev. Dr. Church, who ministered more than thirty years at the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York, left a legacy that will be… more »

September Song

September 11th, 2010
September sparkles in New York City. In my neighborhood, Columbia and Barnard students have moved back into their dorms and fill the sidewalks, and the kids in my apartment building are wearing heavier back packs. In a city where so many people are… more »

Wise Women Gone Mental

May 31st, 2010
No one at the public radio station warned Phoebe Hoss not to read the f-word. She?s 84, after all, with white hair and lovely manners. Perhaps the interviewer thought it unnecessary. Never mind, she read it anyway, although you didn?t hear it if you… more »

The Right Kind of Redneck

July 15th, 2009
Paul Hemphill?s last book was about cancer, the disease that took his life last week, and about the allure of all those Camels he smoked along the way. I?m not sure he finished it, but I?m eager to read his observations. Because Paul always had… more »

A Prince Remembered

March 6th, 2009
Once upon a time, not so many years ago, the term great American writer was understood to mean great white male American writer. There was some diversity among them. They might be Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, agnostic or atheist. They might be… more »