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Who Are You?

by Jo Page September 21, 2011

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  I looked at my Inbox this morning and I saw the subject: An Explanation and Some Reflections. I looked at the sender’s name: Reed Hastings. Who the hell is Reed Hastings and why is he ...

Unplugged

by Jo Page August 24, 2011

  I spent a day without Wi-Fi today, working in someone else’s office. It was hard. I was writing a column and I kept having to actually pay attention to what I was doing rather than ...

Dog Days

by Jo Page August 10, 2011

  I am not one to complain about summer. We get so little of it that I took a vow, some years back, never to bemoan the heat, the humidity, the roadwork, etc. Instead, I allow ...

Three’s Company?

by Jo Page July 27, 2011

Mark Oppenheimer’s piece, “Married, with Infidelities,” in the July 25 edition of The New York Times Magazine, was a timely and thoughtful exploration of Dan Savage’s take on how marriages can be strengthened and extended ...

Marriage for All

by Jo Page June 29, 2011

A friend who knew I’d performed some same-sex union ceremonies well before my denomination had permitted such things advised me to “hang out my shingle” once the gay marriage bill had been passed in New ...

Through the Past, Darkly

by Jo Page June 15, 2011

For the past few months I have been writing about a character who has intermittent bouts of clinical—and untreated—depression. His coping mechanism is to obsess about World War II and specifically, the last months of ...

Looking Back

by Jo Page May 19, 2011

We were 23, in love, flat-broke vagabonds who’d wandered into Aberdeen, Wash., lumber country right on the Pacific. We were looking for jobs doing anything we could, not realizing the deep recession had hit the ...

In Search of Our Better Selves

by Jo Page May 4, 2011

During NPR’s special coverage of the Bin Laden killing, a reporter spoke to the father of one of the 9/11 victims. The reporter wanted to know if he was pleased that Bin Laden had been ...

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Supper’s Ready

by Jo Page April 20, 2011

People ask me: Why do you write about food, and eating and drinking? Why don’t you write about the struggle for power and security, and about love, the way others do? The easiest answer is to ...

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Though April Showers May Come Your Way

by Jo Page April 6, 2011

  The rain is raining all around It falls on field and trees It rains on the umbrellas here And on the ships at sea. --Robert Louis Stevenson   Turns out I know a lot of rain poems. Why is this? Is there ...

Enjoy the Silence

by Jo Page March 23, 2011

If there is anything missing in the vitriolic debates about the relative worth/worthlessness of religion, it’s the question of the ineffable. Thomas Aquinas, after a life in spent crafting his Summa Theologica in which he aimed ...

Give Faith a Chance

by Jo Page March 9, 2011

Part of the reason that I gave up reading the cadre of New Atheists self-styled as the Four Horsemen—Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins—was that, charges of arrogance aside, they seemed to ...

Children Lost and Found

by Jo Page February 23, 2011

The fallout from the appallingly self-serving memoir, The Battle Hymn of Tiger Mother, has been considerable. And it must have given its author, Amy Chua, exactly what she hoped for: notoriety, exposure, controversy, sales and ...

Hibernation 101

by Jo Page January 26, 2011

I don’t know how they do it in Maine or Minnesota or Wisconsin. I don’t know how the people who live in Chicago do it. Deal with winter, that is. I made an ill-timed visit to ...

Salt in the World

by Jo Page January 12, 2011

Evelyn Salt is an uber patriot, I thought, watching the eponymous film the other night. She is such a patriot that she will kill and kill and kick and kill some more. Such a patriot ...

Say It Aloud

by Jo Page March 10, 2010

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax— Of cabbages—and kings— And why the sea is boiling hot— And whether pigs have wings.” —Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass OK, so I buy ...

Asylum Seeker

by Jo Page February 25, 2010

Thanks to Shutter Island, asylums, particularly scary, fabled ones, are big news right now. On the other hand, there has always been something fascinating and horrible about these places with their intimidating size and intricate architecture. ...

Don’t Blame God

by Jo Page January 28, 2010

In James Wood’s brilliant novel, The Book Against God, self-absorbed and ineffective Thomas Bunting undertakes to write a book—entitled The Book Against God or BAG as he refers to it—that will refute his Anglican priest ...

No Communication Breakdown

by Jo Page January 14, 2010

Though I worry about every conceivable thing you can imagine and then some, I don’t spend much time worrying that, as a culture, we are growing distant from one another because people use e-mail, texting ...