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Fat Target (May 2004)
It's starting to look like 1536 all over again.
Primary Considerations (April 2004)
If the first presidential primary were held in the "most representative" state, which one would that be?
The Next Testament (March 2004)
If the Bible were being compiled for the first time right now, what would we put in it? Making the case for a NEW New Revised Standard Version.
Looking for Trouble (January/February 2004)
Get a life—at your own risk.
Setting the Bar (December 2003)
When our standards don't live up to our standards.
The Path of Brighteousness (November 2003)
Godless Americans launch a semantic crusade.
Feudal Gestures (October 2003)
Why the Middle Ages are something we can still look forward to.
On Second Thought (September 2003)
Ideas whose time has come, unfortunately.
Manual Labors (July/August 2003)
The can-do spirit and the culture of handbooks.
Moving On, and On (June 2003)
From the Transition Index to the Rapture Index.
The Olden Mean (May 2003)
When the posthuman future meets our pre-posthuman selves.
Beyond Belief (April 2003)
Going once, going twice—sold to the man with the pointed tail.
Need to Know (March 2003)
Updating an elementary lexicon.
Back to Square One (January/February 2003)
My own private Groundhog Day.
The Rogues of Academe (December 2002)
Making dictators an offer they can't refuse.
My Way (November 2002)
Getting in touch with your inner Turkmenbashi.
The Utmost Measures (October 2002)
A word in behalf of subjectivity.
Circuit Breakers (September 2002)
How the example of Wall Street and the Fed could help save the press from itself.
From Soup to Nuts (July/August 2002)
The categorical imperative.
The Great In-between (June 2002)
Theologians have revised our notions of heaven and hell. But one other destination deserves attention.
Delete, Baby, Delete (May 2002)
We're not quite as good at destruction as we think we are.
Fast-Free Living (April 2002)
What Americans would do if they were serious about stopping to smell the flowers.
Third-Class Citizen (March 2002)
Whose lifestyle is it anyway?
Lifosuction (February 2002)
Even on a résumé, less can be more.
The Gold Standard (January 2002)
The quest for the Holy Grail of equivalence.
Walking Back the Cat (December 2001)
The culture of explanation.
The Scrapbook (November 2001)
An accidental encounter with two briefly famous lives.
Out of the Ordinary (October 2001)
"Mundane studies" comes of age.
Tales of the Alhambra (September 2001)
The lost Islamic world of Southern Spain—and its modern echoes.
Immaterial Civilization (September 2001)
What is the intangible equivalent of Angkor Wat or the Acropolis? The United Nations wants to know.
Customized Quarantine (July/August 2001)
Child-free zones and other innovations in exclusionary living.
Second Opinions (June 2001)
History winds up in the waiting room.
Who's in Charge? (May 2001)
People talk about a lack of leadership—but leadership seems to be everywhere.
Thy Will Be Done (April 2001)
Blind studies and unanswered prayers.
Fine Points (March 2001)
Is accuracy overrated?
Common Stock (February 2001)
Knowing something about everything versus everything about something
The Culture Did It (December 2000)
A pervasive locution helpfully shifts the blame.
It's a Jumble Out There (September 2000)
From food to language to demographics, the coherence of categories has become something of a joke.
A Hand for the Head (April 2000)
A new service for the hard-of-thinking.
Nominal Authority (January 2000)
The world is in the midst of the largest outbreak of new names in history.
The Near North (December 1999)
There have always been good reasons to visit Iceland's exotic desolation, but next year will bring a few new ones
Factor Analysis (November 1999)
More and more social behaviors are being linked to some sort of "factor." A science is born.
Lulu, Queen of the Camels (October 1999)
The competitive ardor of Middle Eastern camel racing has made the camel an improbable focus of scientific investment. A young Englishwoman leads the field.
Told You So (September 1999)
The writing on the wall -- and the bottle, the box, the stroller, the doe...
The Mirror of Dorian Gray (June 1999)
Mirrors never lie, they say. But how much truth do we really want?
If the Shoe Fits (April 1999)
In search of a formula for everything.
Back to Basics (December 1998)
Some of the steps toward a more satisfying political life may be surprisingly simple.
Anticipation (November 1998)
The early bird pre-gets the worm.
The Time Has Come (September 1998)
Thinking about the logical next step in the funeral industry's evolution.
The Oasis of Memory (May 1998)
An outpost of stability in the shifting sands of our time.
DNA Fatigue, November
Worn out by a nucleotidal wave.
Something in the Water, September
One man's pursuit of microbial mayhem.
The Real Thing, August
When everything has been simulated, will reality be
The Spirit of
Finally, some helpful advice to the French on how to enhance the role of
their language in the world.
A Few Loose Ends, December
As the big picture of reality becomes increasingly
elusive, the insights of those who focus on the little picture merit
Broken Covenant, November
The time has come, some people are saying, to revise the Ten Commandments.
The E Word, September
Why euphemisms warrant a statistical index all their own.
Eminent Domains, August
A morning at Monticello with the man who brought its grounds to life.
Backlogs of History, May 1996
On a national scale as in our personal lives, a vexing question remains
unresolved: How much stuff should we save?
Hello, Darkness, March 1996
Americans are getting less and less sleep. What lies behind
Fair Trade, February 1996
The resurgence of barter in a disorderly world.
Hallowed Ground, December 1995
Jerusalem and elsewhere in the Holy Land through the eyes of a
In Praise of Snow, January 1995
When we think of snow, it is usually as a means of recreation or as a
dangerous nuisance or as a source of beauty. Of course, it is all of these
things. But snow, the author writes, is also "the crucial variable upon
which urban life and agricultural life in much of the world, particularly
in the United States -- and especially in the American West -- happen to
The Skull and The Volcano
In the introduction to his book Just Curious (Houghton Mifflin, 1995),
Murphy discusses "bumping into unfamiliar things by accident--a piece of news,
a random remark, a stray fact, a source of information, a field of
expertise--and then pausing long enough to pursue the matter a little further,
to see where investigation, or contemplation, may lead."
Religion and the Cultural Elite
In a lecture given at Saint Ambrose University on April 7, 1994, Murphy
explores "the tendency of religion and the cultural elite to
pass like two ships in the night -- when they're not colliding like two
ships in the night."
"Who Do Men Say That I Am?"
In the December, 1986 cover story, Murphy explores the fascinating world of Jesus scholarship.
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