JANE BROX’S NEW BOOK: SILENCE

SILENCE BY JANE BROX

Jane Brox has written, elegiacally, of growing up on her family’s Massachusetts apple farm in “Here and Nowhere Else,” “Five Thousand Days Like This One,” and “Clearing the Land.” Her non-fiction book on the evolution of artificial light is the aptly-named “Brilliant.” Her newest work—fitting for Lent—is called “Silence: A Social History of One of […]

WE DREAM OF PEACE

HUNTINGTON GARDENS

“The logic of power demand[s] that triggers be pulled. It has no room for humanistic concerns and for the reasons of the heart. And how shall one solve this problem? How see that the killing goes on, without inner resistance, without “negative emotional reactions,” without a guilty conscience? How transform a painful experience into a […]

FINDING WORDS FOR TODAY’S COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION

I spend so much time alone, pondering and praying, that I sometimes forget much of the world holds very different views than I do. The other day, for example, while talking to a secular friend, I (very unwisely) burst forth with an impassioned description of an essay I was working on. “It’s about womanhood, and […]

DREAMS DEFERRED: LORRAINE HANSBERRY’S “A RAISIN IN THE SUN”

Reading with Patrick is a wonderful memoir. Author Michelle Kuo, Harvard-educated and the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, volunteered after graduation to teach high school in a small town in the Arkansas Delta. Initially, she thought to energize her black students, to educate them to the way their race has been so cruelly bowed down, to […]

THE IDENTITY POLITICS OF GETTY’S “OUTCASTS”

OUTCASTS AT THE GETTY

“The root of all disturbance, if one will go to its source, is that no one will blame himself.”–Dorotheus of Gaza, 6th c. monk Through April 8, the Getty Center is featuring an exhibit of illuminated manuscripts entitled “Outcasts: Prejudice and Persecution in the Medieval World.” To prepare, I read Christopher de Hamel’s “Meetings with […]