Moretto da Brescia, Portrait of a Dominican, Presumed to be Girolamo Savonarola, 1524

by Feisal G. Mohamed

God may not be dead, but He doesn’t get invited to many cocktail parties. In our elaborate and unwritten code of social conduct, we allow Him to make only the rarest of appearances, and even then on closely circumscribed terms .  .  .

from Harold Schechter’s Murderabilia

            Like every other atrocity that human beings have perpetrated against their own kind, child-snatching is undoubtedly as old as the species.  We know this, among other ways, from the folktales of the world.

Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Paying the Tax (The Tax Collector), between 1620 and 1640

by Feisal G. Mohamed

It is a blessing and a curse of democracy that the prime topic of conversation in our daily lives is politics, which is only occasionally displaced by other forms of sport, spectacle, and catastrophe.