book review · literature · poetry · sex · the soul · verse · writing

Rebecca Bratten Weiss and The Gods We Have Eaten

It’s hard not to envy the experience and the deep reading of philosophy and literature which writer-farmer Rebecca Bratten Weiss brings to bear in the marvelous poems she’s been composing for almost a decade. A former adjunct professor of literature, Rebecca is the digital editor of U.S. Catholic (for whom I’ve written). Her articles and… Continue reading Rebecca Bratten Weiss and The Gods We Have Eaten

Big Bang · black holes · book review · Catholic Church · cosmology · creationism · general relativity · religion and science · science

Sabine Hossenfelder’s Existential Physics

My review of Sabine Hossenfelder’s new book is up at U.S. Catholic. “Hossenfelder rejects the ‘faith versus science’ dichotomy too often recycled in these books. She makes it clear from the beginning of her own, Existential Physics: A Scientist’s Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions, that spiritual ideas and traditions can be perfectly compatible with modern physics… Continue reading Sabine Hossenfelder’s Existential Physics

book review · books · space exploration

The Final Frontier… or The Undiscovered Country?

I just finished David Whitehouse’s Space 2069. It’s a sobering read for those of us who remember the Apollo moon landings and the contraction of NASA’s more ambitious programs after that. The bulk of the book is devoted to current plans to return to the Moon and to explore Mars. The last third of the… Continue reading The Final Frontier… or The Undiscovered Country?

book review · books · Holocaust · London · Margot Singer · novels · terrorism · Underground Fugue

The Rhythm of Underground Fugue

More than halfway into Margot Singer’s engrossing novel Underground Fugue, her main character Esther, a middle aged American woman who has returned to London to look after her dying mother, recalls the circumstances surrounding a one night stand she had before she was married. Just once, she’d hooked up with a stranger. Reckless, yes. She… Continue reading The Rhythm of Underground Fugue