US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Watch: The second season of Treme, DVD

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Created by David Simon (HBO Entertainment, 2012)

David Simon, whose HBO series The Wire was the best cinematic novel ever produced for television, has completed the second chapter of his dark, complex, and engrossing tale about survival and recovery in post-Katrina New Orleans, and it has been worth the wait.


Read: Lift Up Your Hearts by Douglas W. Kmiec

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Douglas W. Kmiec, author of the new book Lift Up Your Hearts, is a famous constitutional scholar, former dean of the Catholic University law school, chaired professor at Pepperdine law school, and former U.S. ambassador to Malta.


Watch: Bernie

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Directed by Richard Linklater (Millennium Entertainment, 2012)

At the end of Annie Hall Woody Allen tells a joke about a guy whose brother thinks he is a chicken, but the fellow doesn’t want his sibling hospitalized because he needs the eggs. Allen, who believes that need, not love, is the glue of most relationships, would enjoy Richard Linklater’s darkly comic true crime story of loneliness and murder in a tiny East Texas town.


Listen: Rappalachia by Gangstagrass

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Just what the title and artist name suggest, Rappalachia by Gangstagrass is a fusion of rap rhythm tracks and old-time mountain music instrumentation and melodies. And it really, really works.


USC Book Club: The Artist's Rule

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July 2012:

The Artist's Rule: Nurturing your creative soul with monastic wisdom

By Christine Valters Paintner

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Unlike other books promising to unlock your creativity, the practices in The Artist’s Rule are rooted in monastic spirituality, gently encouraging the reader not to achieve more creative output, but simply to be more present.


Marley: The Original Soundtrack Bob Marley and the Wailers

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Marley: The Original Soundtrack
Bob Marley and the Wailers (Tuff Gong, 2012)

Bob Marley, who took reggae music from Jamaica to the world, is one of the pop culture saints of our age—on par with Elvis, Che Guevara, Malcolm X. Marley died of cancer at age 36 in 1981, but his image is better known today than it ever was in his lifetime. Now there is a documentary about Marley’s life (called simply, Marley) and this soundtrack compilation of live and studio recordings to introduce his work to yet another generation.


The Case of Galileo: A Closed Question? By Annibale Fantoli

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The Case of Galileo: A Closed Question?
By Annibale Fantoli (Notre Dame Press, 2012)

Annibale Fantoli’s The Case of Galileo: A Closed Question? opens where most Galileo books end—with the aging, nearly blind astronomer kneeling before a panel of seven cardinals as they pronounce him “vehemently suspected of heresy, namely. . . that the sun is the center of the world.” Four centuries later, this scene seems absurd. Lay scholars and church hierarchy disagree about many things, but the earth revolving around the sun is not one of them.


Read: When We Were the Kennedys By Monica Wood

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When We Were the Kennedys
By Monica Wood (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)

Monica Wood writes that her book When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine “results from my having been an observant child living in a vibrant place and time.” Amen, especially to the word observant.


USC Book Club: The Way of Goodness and Holiness

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June 2012:

The Way of Goodness and Holiness: A Spirituality for Pastoral Ministers

By Richard M. Gula, S.S.

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Read: Mothers of the Church

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Mothers of the Church
By Mike Aquilina & Christopher Bailey (OSV, 2012)

In elementary school I always looked forward to women’s history month each March. Unfortunately, by sixth grade the basic lesson—that in the past women were denied things like voting and jobs just because they were women—was growing a little stale. Things weren’t much better at religious education, where the lessons about women all focused on Mary.


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