Remembering Dillinger


The state of Indiana has placed some memorable figures on the national stage – Eugene Debs, Wilbur Wright, Major Taylor, Wendell Willkie, Jessamyn West – but after all these years the native Hoosier with the greatest name recognition is probably John Dillinger.

You can’t grow up in this state without knowing about him. They’ve . . . → Read More: Remembering Dillinger


Divorced, Beheaded, Died


Hillary Mantel. Wolf Hall. New York; Picador/Henry Holt and Company, 2009. 608 pp. $16.00. ISBN 978-0-312-42998–0.

It is safe to say that the reading public in the U.S. and the U.K. virtually lost its head over Wolf Hall, Hillary Mantel’s 2009 Mann Booker Prize winner.

Six pages of reviewers’ encomia from New York to Los Angeles, packed . . . → Read More: Divorced, Beheaded, Died


Christmas Caroling

Children with candles

In a secular age, it is a common complaint that the origins of the holiday season are too often ignored in an orgy of shopping, gormandizing, and partying. 

This can in turn induce dangerous nostalgia. Whatever religious tradition is being observed, it always seems that things were more authentic, if not also more reverent, . . . → Read More: Christmas Caroling

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