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The Brothers Karamazov

When It's Bad to Be Good

Francis Levy | Posted 04.13.2016 | Books
Francis Levy

Some of the greatest atrocities have been perpetrated in the name of the good. Certainly the Inquisition was one of these. In The Grand Inquisitor sec...

World Isn't Worth Saving if the Price is a Tear of an Innocent Child

Edward Goldman | Posted 07.07.2016 | Arts
Edward Goldman

If someone told me that I would have a reason to bring up the names of Pope Francis and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in the same sentence, I would have highly doubted it. But, here it is.

What Editors and Booksellers Are Reading This Summer

Joseph Olshan | Posted 06.23.2016 | Books
Joseph Olshan

If you're an editor like myself, you have a lot of manuscripts to read. If you're a bookseller, you've got to stay on top of what's being published. This summer it seems like most of the editors and booksellers I know are reading A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara's second novel.

Blogging Defiantly: Teaira Whitehead and The Brothers Karamazov

Sue Kerr | Posted 01.11.2015 | Crime
Sue Kerr

There's a passage in the acclaimed novel The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky that has resonated and haunted me for decades.


Francis Levy | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

Saying that there would have been no ISIS if the US hadn't invaded Iraq is little like claiming that Ray Rice wouldn't have gotten into his current di...

Saluting Speight Through Opera

Daron Hagen | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Daron Hagen

The curtain is falling on Speight Jenkins' 30-year tenure as General Director of the Seattle Opera, and he isn't just one of the giants of the opera world.

How Are You Is Not Fine

Francis Levy | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Thank God for the Russians. Russia produced The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, Anna Karenina, War and Peace and Pussy Riot. OK Sochi might ...

Hurray to Pope Francis and MOCA Trustees

Edward Goldman | Posted 03.09.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

First of all, a belated Happy New Year to you, my friends. May I ask what is on your list of New Years' resolutions? Oh, never mind your waistline. Wh...

The Devil Is in the Details

George Heymont | Posted 05.20.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Just as some people believe that "size is everything," there are certain audiences who assume that the bigger and flashier the production placed before them, the greater its artistic value. Unfortunately, such is not always the case.

Saint Isaak of Syria and the Responsibility of Each for All

Scott Cairns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Scott Cairns

Monastic men and women act upon the knowledge that, as members of the Body of Christ, each of us is utterly responsible for every other member, and, as human persons, each is responsible for all.

Great Artists Can Be Cads, But Can They Not Be?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

In her memoir, Claire Bloom describes Philip Roth as an extremely self-centered, often abusive man to whom she devoted herself for almost two decades.