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The Mid-Life Rebound

Jonathan Rauch isn’t alone in preferring his 50s to his 40s: Studies show quite strongly that people’s satisfaction with their life increases, on average, from their early 50s on through their 60s and 70s and even beyond – for many until disability and final illness exact their toll toward the very end (at which point […]

An Evangelical Changes His Mind On Gays

We’ve featured the work of Matthew Vines many times before, and want to highlight a speech given at a conference recently held by his organization, The Reformation Project. A keynote speaker, David Gushee, one of the foremost evangelical ethicist in the United States, used the occasion to announce his support for the full-inclusion of LGBT […]

Famous At Eighty

Reviewing Hermione Lee’s Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life, a new biography of the British novelist, Alan Hollinghurst reminds us of her late-in-life flowering as a writer: She published her first book, a biography of the artist Edward Burne-Jones, when she was fifty-eight; her first novel appeared when she was sixty. She was, as she said, “an […]

An Open Faith In Burma

While attending a nat pwe – a festival devoted to the folk spirits, or nats, of Burmese tradition – Will Boast finds another side to the celebration: I’d been told by locals that nat pwes were also “gay” festivals and to expect to see “many ladyboys.” The junta’s attempts to subdue nat worship had an […]

Faith Moves In Mysterious Ways

After reflecting on the way Mormons have changed their teachings on polygamy and race, Will Saletan posits that the LDS Church will come to affirm the lives and loves of gay people: When you look back at these stories—not just the reported facts, but the way the church has recast them—you can see how a […]

On The Morality Of Mind Games

Michael Thomsen describes the objective of Ether One, a game that recreates the experience of dementia for the player: “Your job is to dive into the mind of Jean Thompson, a sixty-nine-year-old woman diagnosed with dementia, and retrieve a series of lost memories.” Players are encouraged to “collect” memories, represented by tchotchkes and mementos that […]

Quote For The Day

“In democracies it is by no means the case that all who cultivate literature have received a literary education, and most of those who have some acquaintance with good writing go into politics or adopt some profession which leaves only short, stolen hours for the pleasures of the mind. They therefore do not make such […]

Discovering The God Of Peace

We’ve featured debates about Karen Armstrong’s Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence over the last few months. In a new interview about the book, she admits her views of God and religion have changed over time: The change began while I was writing “A History of God.” I expected it to be […]

God’s Unexpected Smile

Recently we featured a survey of the Colombian writer Nicolás Gómez Dávila’s acerbic aphorisms. Matthew Walther considers a translation of his Scholia to an Implicit Text, noticing his idiosyncratic theological positions: Though traditional Catholics will doubtless enjoy his digs at progressive clergymen and agree with his aesthetic objections to the Mass of Pope Paul VI, […]

A Short Film For Saturday

A portrait of Richard Thompson, the “cartoonist’s cartoonist”: In an interview with Michael Cavna, filmmaker Andy Hemmendinger explains what motivated his tribute: MICHAEL CAVNA: Congratulations on the beautiful documentary, guys. When...Show More Summary

Millennials Are Just Selfie-Centered

Autoscatto papale (col cellulare) #PapaFrancesco — Fabio M. Ragona (@FabioMRagona) August 29, 2013 Responding to a book by Jeffrey Kluger, Brooke Lea Foster defends today’s young adults from accusations ofShow More Summary

Start-Up Of The Day

Smart Pipe, the latest in the Adult Swim Infomercial series of recent viral fame, gives a new meaning to disruptive innovation: Recent Dish on technology and excrement here.

Fangs And Farsi On Film

Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night features a vampire heroine who claims her victims in a chador: Performed entirely in Farsi, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is set in Bad City, a fictional Iranian ghost town (played by Taft, California, situated in the San Joaquin Valley) where […]

Face Of The Day

Scott Chasserot‘s portrait series Original Ideal explores how people envision their ideal selves: The experiment is actually fairly straightforward and easy to understand. First, his subjects have their portrait taken in the most unadorned, simplest terms possible. Then, the photos are modified many times over into 50 different versions of the original that are all […]

Hot Cookin’

Claire Lower mulls over the links between “food pornography” and the real thing: Food porn, like pornography, is all about visual stimulation. Food is posed,painted, injected with fillers (chicken legs are made plumper with mashed potatoes), and masterfully lit for maximum appeal. Sometimes, the food you think you are seeing is something else entirely. For […]

A Short Story For Saturday

We haven’t featured any of Raymond Carver’s short stories on the Dish yet – a major oversight, given the writer’s reputation and influence. “Cathedral” generally is considered one of his finer works, and here’s what Carver said about it in an interview: The story “Cathedral” seemed to me completely different from everything I’d written before. […]

Finding Antigone In Ferguson

In an interview about her book Citizen: An American Lyric, the poet and playwright Claudia Rankine recalls visiting Ferguson, Missouri a week after the protests began this summer. She describes how visiting the memorial reminded her of classical tragedy: It was a very hot day, and there were a lot of people standing around, waiting […]

The Writer’s Freedom – And Ours

Not long ago, we featured Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” as our Saturday short story. This week, she accepted the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards, and gave a brilliant acceptance speech, seen above, in which she stated her desire “to share […]

The Man Who Made Mapplethorpe

Philip Gefter’s Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe, his new biography of the curator Sam Wagstaff, reveals how Wagstaff’s romantic relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe aided the latter’s rise as a highly celebrated and controversial photographer in the 1970s and ’80s. In a preview of his book, Gefter describes their meeting this way: In 1972, when he […]

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