Wednesday, November 07, 2007


(scroll down for older stuff.)

March 10, 2011: "How to Convert," Inside Catholic

January 28, 2011: "Flawed Reflection," Commonweal (review of "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture")

January 13, 2011: "Beyond Liberalism," Cato Unbound symposium on tradition
further posts in that symposium: "Who Put the Tradition in 'Traditional Marriage'?"
"Tradition's Comedies of Error"

December 2, 2010: "Mary, In the Glass Coffin of the Museum," Inside Catholic

November 27, 2010: "Teen Angels," Weekly Standard (review of Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church)

October 14, 2010: "The Great Unweaving," Inside Catholic

"Shouting the Blues," Weekly Standard (review of Red Families vs. Blue Families)

June 24, 2010: "A Great Reckoning in a Little Room," Inside Catholic

May 18, 2010: "Cradle Will Rock," Inside Catholic

May 7, 2010: "The Glory and the Grime," Commonweal (review of "The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture, 1600-1700; subscribers-only)

April 1, 2010: "Heartbreak Hill" (subscribers-only; link is PDF), American Conservative

March 29, 2010: "Zounds! Five Reflections on the Wounds of Christ," Inside Catholic

March 1, 2010: "U Turn" (subscribers-only; link is PDF), American Conservative

February 26, 2010: "Tolstoy Dies, Goes to America" (review of The Last Station), Inside Catholic

February 10, 2010: "Six Imperfect Metaphors for Conversion," Inside Catholic

February 1, 2010: "Striking a Pose" (subscribers-only; link is PDF), American Conservative

January 20, 2010: "Live Through This," Inside Catholic

January 1, 2010: "Unsafe at Any Creed" (subscribers-only; link is PDF), American Conservative

December 28, 2009: "Black and White" (review of Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens; subscribers-only), Weekly Standard

December 1, 2009: "Shelf Life" (subscribers-only; link is PDF), American Conservative

November 11, 2009: "Heaven Can Wait," Inside Catholic

November 1, 2009: "Malcolm X Marks the Spot" (subscribers-only; link is PDF), American Conservative

[not sure of date] "Insecurity Cameras" (review of National Gallery of Art, "Jaromir Funke and the Amateur Avant-Garde"), Commonweal online

October 1, 2009: "Shepherd Watch," American Conservative (link is pdf)

September 14, 2009: "Why Thee Wed," Weekly Standard, review of Andrew Cherlin's Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today (subscribers-only)

September 1, 2009: "Squaring Dupont Circle," The American Conservative

June 29, 2009: "Romoeroticism," Inside Catholic

June 23, 2009: "I'm With Cupid," American Spectator, review of Shakespeare Theatre's Design for Living

June 5, 2009: "We'll Burn That Bra When We Come to It," Inside Catholic, book column on Florence King's When Sisterhood Was in Flower

April 2009: "Church Ladies," First Things, review of Catholic and Feminist: The Surprising History of the American Catholic Feminist Movement

March 23, 2009: "Then It's the Bomb that Will Bring Us Together" (review of the Watchmen movie), National Review Online

February 5, 2009: "Sublimity Now!", Inside Catholic

January 5, 2009: "Domestic Disturbances," American Spectator (on the marriage movement)

December 20, 2008: "Campus Confidential," Weekly Standard review of Donna Freitas's Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses

October 18, 2008: "The Serenity Player," Inside Catholic review of Herman Hesse's Glass Bead Game

September 4, 2008: "Grotesquerie and Grief: Abortion in Horror Media," First Things blog

August 1, 2008: "When I Was Cruel," Inside Catholic review of Alan Moore's A Small Killing

May 10, 2008: "Tainted Love," Inside Catholic book column on Heloise and Abelard

April 10, 2008: "The Weakerthans--Liturgy of the Other Hours," Godspy

April 4, 2008: "In Praise of Disenchantment," Inside Catholic

March 25, 2008: "Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity," First Things blog--on Nigel Dennis's Cards of Identity

March 14, 2008: "The Conscience of Manners," Inside Catholic--book column on Miss Manners

March 14, 2008: "Heart of Darkness: The Photography of Lee Miller," Commonweal (subscribers only)

March 1, 2008: "Fashion Talks Back," The Weekly Standard--review of "blog.mode: addressing fashion," at the Met (subscribers only)

February 13, 2008: "Theology of the Body in Pain," Inside Catholic--review of The Body in Pain

February 6, 2008: "Repeat the Sounding Joy," Godspy--on repetitive prayer.

December 31, 2007: "Marlowe's Anti-Heroes," Weekly Standard

December 7, 2007: "Naked but not Exposed," Commonweal--a review of the National Gallery of Art's Edward Hopper exhibit.

November 30, 2007: "Job Wears Prada," National Review Online--my review of The Book of Jane aka a chick-lit version of the Book of Job. (I am not making that up.)

November 9, 2007: "Cop Talk," Reason Online--what happens when online police forums get ugly.

November 7, 2007: "Grace Is the Hardest Pillow," InsideCatholic--a review of Kathy Shaidle's Lobotomy Magnificat.

Sunday, July 16, 2006


I helped research and write an iMAPP policy brief, "Do Married Parents Reduce Crime?" (PDF)

I helped edit the Hebrew Bible portions of the textbook and teachers' edition of The Bible and Its Influence for the Bible Literacy Project.

I served as a research assistant for William D. Eggers's Government 2.0: Using Technology to Improve Education, Cut Red Tape, Reduce Gridlock, and Enhance Democracy.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

OLDER JOURNALISM--up to July '07

(This is most of what's available online. I have written other articles for the National Catholic Register, the New York Post, and the Washington City Paper. It is in chronological order, thus the most recent stuff is at the bottom--which I will change sometime soon, when I get the energy.)

National Catholic Register, December 3-9, 2000, "Awakenings: Coma Patients Can Recover"
National Catholic Register, March 11-17, 2001, "Clinicians Who Got Sick of Killing"
National Catholic Register, sometime in 2001, "Ad Defends Pius XII"
National Catholic Register, also sometime in 2001 I think, "Marriage Is the Strength of These Black Americans"
Crisis, February 2002, "Unfashionable" (review of David Adams Richards's Mercy Among the Children)
Crisis, May 2002, "Christianity from the Outside: A Symposium" (Jack Balkin, Emmy Chang, David Kelley, Christopher Hitchens, James Morrow, Jacob Neusner, Jonathan Rauch, Ellen Willis, and Michael Yaeger)
Crisis, June 2002, "The Last Analysis" (review of Italo Svevo's Zeno's Conscience)
Crisis, July/August 2002, "Outside Narnia: Christianity and Children's Fiction"
Weekly Standard, October 7, 2002, ""
Weekly Standard, February 1, 2003, "Inside a Crisis Pregnancy Center" (link is subscribers-only)
Crisis, March 2003, "Fifteen to Life: 15 Ways to Fix the Criminal Justice System"
Crisis, June 2003, "Hollow Men" (review of Ian Buruma's Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing)
Crisis, November 2003, "Rich and Strange" (review of Amy Chua's World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability)
National Catholic Register, sometime in 2003, "What Homosexuals Want" (that, uh, wasn't my title.)
Crisis, June 2004, "People, Look East" (review of David Aikman's Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity Is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power)
Weekly Standard, June 5, 2004, "The Spirit in Letters" (review of George Weigel's Letters to a Young Catholic)
National Review, June 20, 2005, "Tinselgrad" (review of Ronald Radosh and Allis Radosh's Red Star Over Hollywood: The Film Colony's Long Romance with the Left)
First Things, August 2005, review of Minna Proctor's Do You Hear What I Hear?: Religious Calling, the Priesthood, and My Father
National Catholic Register, October 2-8, 2005, "Who's Your Daddy?"
USA Today, "Kids, divorce, and faith"
National Review Online, "Homo No Mo'?" (in which I attend an "ex-gay" conference)
Washington Blade, "Fear of Commitment" (review of Christopher Bram's Exiles in America)
Commonweal, "Not a Pretty Picture" (review of a show of portraits from Weimar Germany)
New York Post, 3/11/07, "Recovering Marriage" (review of Andrew Koppelman's Same Sex, Different States: When Same-Sex Marriages Cross State Lines)
National Review Online, 3/20/07, "The Sacred Cardoon" (review of the Guggenheim's "Time, Truth, and History: Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso")
New York Post, 5/12/07, interview with David Blankenhorn on his book The Future of Marriage
Commonweal, 6/15/07, "Homosexuality and the Church: Two Views" (Luke Timothy Johnson is view #1; I am view #2)
Weekly Standard, 7/28/07, review of "Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945" at the National Gallery of Art (link is subscribers-only)


(Well... right now it is a Small List O' Fiction. But it will grow, like the Hulk, into cities-destroying monstrosity! PUNY HUMANS!!!)

Doublethink, Fall 2005, "Now and at the Hour" (PDF)
Dappled Things, Advent 2005, "Why Can't He Be You?"
Dappled Things, Our Lady Queen of Angels 2007, "Distortions"
Doublethink, May '08, "Retroactive Continuity"
Dappled Things, SS Peter and Paul 2008, "Story without a Name"
Third Order, December 2008, "Love"
Doublethink, March '09, "Better"
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, August 2009, "A Story Like Mine"