March 31, 2013 In this novel about sadness and delusion, critic Harold Augenbraum says, "love ... tatters its own lovers." What's your favorite tragic novel? Tell us in the comments.
March 31, 2013 Dave Granlund offers good wishes to all, while Randy Bish figures out how to make the spring holiday mesh with the lingering winter weather.
March 30, 2013 Pope Francis surprised many this week by washing the feet of young inmates in prison instead of priests in a grand basilica. The ceremony emulates the way Jesus washed the feet of his 12 disciples. On this Easter weekend, we consider the meaning behind Pope Francis' break with tradition.
March 30, 2013 The Supreme Court likely won't issue a decision in the two same-sex marriage cases it heard this week until June. Jeff Parker believes justices are less than eager to deal with the issue, while Chip Bok thinks the court should avoid a sweeping decision.
March 29, 2013 What does the truth require in journalism? Commentator Alva Noë sides with Lawrence Weschler in saying that journalists miss the mark when they approach their subjects like anthropologists who have nothing at stake in the exchange.
March 29, 2013 After being closed for two weeks, banks in Cyprus reopened. Alexandr Zudin doesn't see Russian and eurozone interests in the tiny island nation being reconciled soon, while Rick McKee considers the plight of average Cypriots this Easter season.
March 28, 2013 Vegans' refrigerators are empty of meat, dairy and eggs. But what if there are animal products in their medicine cabinets? Commentator Barbara J. King considers how far vegans have to go to really make a difference for animals.
March 28, 2013 The tension is mounting as the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament enters the Sweet 16. The play so far has driven Steve Kelley to distraction, while Jeff Parker focuses on the success of bracket-busting Florida Gulf Coast University.
March 27, 2013 Can we really see the Universe in a grain of sand, even as we slog through traffic? Can we really hold infinity in our hands, even as we drop off the kids to Violin practice? Commentator Adam Frank says we can if we take the time to notice the beauty of the natural world surrounding us.
March 27, 2013 On Day 2 of same-sex marriage hearings, the Supreme Court weighs arguments over the Defense of Marriage Act. Mike Luckovich believes the federal law is likely to fall, while Steve Sack isn't so sure, considering Justice Antonin Scalia's past statements.
March 27, 2013 Can science ever explain the origin of the Universe? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser suggests caution and humility as scientists face this very difficult question.
March 26, 2013 The wilderness is not just a thing, it's a need. It's an idea that has grown up with humans and it will follow us from this planet to the next, and beyond. Commentator Adam Frank plots our future course.
March 26, 2013 As the Supreme Court begins to hear arguments on same-sex marriage, Nate Beeler and Mike Peters look at developments in Ohio. Beeler notes that Sen. Rob Portman changed his position on gay marriage when it became personal, while Peters is still trying to figure out Gov. John Kasich's thinking.