By Dan Clendenin

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Notes on Grief (New York: Knopf, 2021), 67pp.

On June 7, 2020, the Nigerian American novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (born 1977) enjoyed her weekly ritual that has become a familiar sign of our times — a Sunday afternoon Zoom call with her family. Just…

By Dan Clendenin

Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018)

When the photographer RaMell Ross moved to the town of Hale County in rural Alabama back in 2009, he taught photography and coached basketball. He also started to film the everyday lives of the black community there across five years…

Guest Essay by Ron Hansen

Note: For this first Sunday in Advent, we’re pleased to republish a guest essay from our archives, written by Ron Hansen. (Debie Thomas will return with a lectionary essay next week). Ron’s many books include Exiles (2008) and A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion (2011)…

By Dan Clendenin

John Loughery and Blythe Randolph, Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice of the American Century (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2020), 436pp.

When Dorothy Day’s memoir The Long Loneliness was published in early 1952, the New Yorker commissioned a two-part profile about the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement…

By Dan Clendenin

Fantastic Fungi (2019)

A wildly popular mushroom movie? Yes! This is a wacky, whimsical, and wonderful documentary film about the fantastic lives of fungi (1.5 million species). What really drives the popularity of this movie (100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), I suspect, is the time-lapse cinematography of…

Selected by Dan Clendenin

Ephrem (4th century)

From God Christ’s Deity Came Forth

From God Christ’s deity came forth,
his manhood from humanity;
his priesthood from Melchizedek,
his royalty from David’s tree:
praised be his Oneness.

He joined with guests at wedding feast,
yet in the wilderness did fast;
he taught within…

By Debie Thomas

At this point, it has become a cliché to say we live in a “post-truth” era. We don’t have to dig deep to find the headlines that affirm this grim reality. Whether we’re talking about politics, climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic, or critical race theory, a quick…

Dan Clendenin

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