Thinking Out Loud

Woodward, Kenneth L.

A VISIT TO QUINDLENLAND ...

...And in all her fulminations against the Hibernians for not wanting gay and lesbian groups to march as such on Saint Paddy's day, she ignores the fact that ACTup first desecrated the Eucharist while disrupting a Mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, where the Hibernians have long functioned as putative protectors of the church...
...sketch a scene or fix an image that prejuIn her introduction, Quindlen reflects dices the heart and clouds the mind...
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...Along the way he called a particular inn to bring greetings from Belloc...
...The unknowable SPIRITUAL lic squares, or even cafes, places where extroverts...
...Despite the rancorous review by Evelyn Waugh's son Auberon (London Swidav Telegraph for March 21, 1993), this au20: 21 May 1993 Commonweal...
...She bleeds easily, if selectively, like a stigmatist...
...Here, THE HOLY LAND on her life and good fortune as a journal- for example, is a paragraph from "Erin Go Editor: Ephraim Stern, ist...
...ILl if I believe in the Trinity...
...The last choicers regard abortion-on-demand as a found Enlightenment at Barnard College of his generation, Tom's vignettes cover necessary supply-side component in their in the early seventies and never looked more than sixty years in the story of what career-minded "life project...
...Hail fellows well met, with- RELIGIOUS & we have because we no longer have pub- out being met at all...
...Insightful and Catholic School visionary...
...But back know and love have always seemed to me A DICTIONARY OF fences were for gossip...
...Rather, Public, and the Private "It was to make them think...
...She recalls a church he calls the "Catholic intelligentsia" of our view seems central to Quindlen's own "so often devoted to conformity and century...
...i t Radical Optimism Everybody Has A Rooting Ourselves in Reality Guardian Angel BEATRICE BRUTEAU...
...sense of self...
...But a columnist has to be dis- WORLD RELIGIONS Times, written between 1990 tinctive to survive and Quindlen does own Editor: John R. Hinnells and 1992, and for which she was award- a unique voice...
...Indeed, that back, except in anger...
...She'd rather we feel the paragraph's implicit, emotional logic...
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...Eliot, Clare Boothe Luce, opened at the fresh grave in Tubingen of to Pope Paul VI...
...It was, she says, "because and lesbian groups to promote their cause updated edition of a classic in I was a woman...
...I have never sat down to write about abortion without feeling, at least for a moment, the complexities sweep over me like a fit of faintness," she confides...
...ARCHAEOLOGICAL explaining what she's up to-in case, I sup- One of her favorite techniques is to EXCAVATIONS IN pose, we just don't get it...
...They lusion of being among the people while 229 pages were, withal, masculine venues of intel- remaining essentially separate...
...He was in Rome for the funeral of firm of Sheed and Ward...
...Tom was enjoying the light and warmth of our huge, country fireplace-a break on a working tour of Australia...
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...Sargent Shriver, the Duke of Windsor, and have exploded...
...Quindlen doesn't come Academic Reference Division tion...
...For Anna in Quindlenland there are only two kinds of people: victims and oppressors...
...It is no accident that some QUOTATIONS citizens would meet to discuss issues of have taken to professions that give the il- Geoffrey Parrinder civic concern in a civilized manner...
...Neither does she let on that a majority of Americans want choice restricted mostly to the "hard cases," that abortion has become Americans' preferred form of birth control after sterilization, or that most women who get abortions are repeaters...
...and published in England never ends: light fifty years later as editor of the Tablet The fire was not lit in August 1978 when Hilaire Belloc, John and Penelope when I sent him a piece on the state of we met with some friends in his London Betjeman, G.K...
...Quindlen is especially fond of misrepresenting Kristin Luker's limited but important book, Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood, as saying that prolife men are really only trying to put their womenfolk back into the patriarchal home...
...Never does she report Luker's key finding that prochoice women are less religious ~rery- J body hasra guardian angel .wzfVf'r .O'~n~v' 1 hYrii i ire i OIk :tla~r...
...As Karen Lehrman pointed out in the New Republic [June 10, 1991 ], Quindlen is patronizing toward those for whom she tries to speak and is emotionally incapable of writing honestly about men...
...Quindlen is all for inclu- 4 volumes c. 1600 pages "Home" section) as mandate to practice siveness, of course, but as always she ar- ISBN: 0-13-276288-9 her singular form of genderized journal- gues from, not to, her conclusion: $355...
...That's what Quindlen papermen, who are of events but outside labors to overcome...
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...But to read her, you would never know that a majority of women as well as men, according to polls published in her own newspaper, thought Thomas, not Hill, was telling the truth...
...An early stay A networker all his life, Tom began pubGerald O'Collins in Paris put him in touch with Raissa and lishing in 1926 at the "sweat-shop and uniJacques Maritain, Marc Chagall, and oth- versity rolled into one," the newly founded ers...
...She has, she tells us, written more columns on this issue than on any other...
...A VISIT TO QUINDLENLAND COLUMBIANISM AND THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS A Quincentenary History Christopher J. Kauffman THINKING OUT LOUD 204 pages ers who will be persuaded by rational ar- ISBN: 0-13-145806-X $75 On the Personal, the Political, the gument to accept their conclusions...
...She is up-front about why she thinks Brawl," a column about the refusal of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem she was hired, at the age of twenty-four...
...To these she has added not only an preeminent practitioner of emotional corintroduction about herself and her ap- rectness...
...a half dozen appear in this collection...
...The list is hers, and though it is short by New York standards-it excludes most of the people who actually live and work there-it defines the limits of her prosaic, mired-in-the-sixties compassion...
...Sheila (Cudahy) Pellegrini...
...Ah," said the innkeeper, "that THE USE OF MEMORY tobiography remains enthralling through- charming German gentleman...
...Ancient Order of Hibernians to permit gay First published more than twenty years ago, this is the revised and by the Times...
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...The media is what contradictory...
...Belloc, to Tom Burns out...
...The study sessions conducted in Nassau, Bahamas are held each May and November...
...Similarly, in all her columns on candidate Bill Clinton, she mentions Gennifer Flowers only once, dismissing the affair as an "adultery brouhaha...
...And, of course, women...
...She speaks, she tells us, for "the powerless": the poor, homosexuals, African-Americans, the terminally ill, people with AIDS...
...Priests...
...Quindlen denounces the loutish boxer as a rapacious womanizer and praises the basketball star for pushing condoms now that he is HIV-positive...
...Again, in her commentary on the New York Public School Board's uproar over multiculturalism and condom distribution, she never once mentions that it was the "ordinary people" in Queens and elsewhere who organized the grassroots campaign which ended in ousting Manhattan-supported schools chancellor Joseph Fernandez...
...Only one principle-abortion-on-demand-is tolerable (indeed, she is even opposed to parental consent for minors, lest it harm an adolescent's "dignity") though she never explains why she opts for this absolutist position...
...That, she sug- are causing ordinary sexual folks like gays Call us at (212) 373-7353 gests, is what male columnists want-read- and lesbians...
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...She is, she tells us, the work- crowds" but the sum of her knowledge of He tells of Herbert Thurston, S.J., that ing mother of three "wanted" children, things Catholic seems to have been arrested tireless debunker of bad history and bogus leaving the impression that only wanted at the age of seventeen...
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...make readers think like me...
...As the Times's resident tutor in emotional correctness, she also manages to trivialize important issues-chiefly by ignoring inconvenient facts...
...And never-no, never-does she mention that there are 1.6 million abortions a year...
...But she is conveniently silent about Johnson's own acknowledged womanizing...
...Politicos, who stand apart in the What makes her different from rival crowd...
...After a long life as publisher and Journalist, with a wartime interlude at the British embassy in Madrid, in his late eighties Tom has, as he said at its launching, "committed" his first book...
...But of all the issues which Quindlen addresses, the one on which she is most piously dissembling is abortion...
...responsibilities as a columnist (first in the Day Parade...
...SIMON & columnists, Quindlen says, is her "process" The writing is too cute, the inferences Zit SCHUSTER of thinking...
...them...
...Hence the title of this collec- New York nasty...
...From the beginning," she writes, "it right out and say, celibacy forever sepa- 15 Columbus Circle, 26th floor seemed to me that the point [of her op-ed rates priests from the rest of humankind New York, New York 10023 column, "Public and Private"] was not to and therefore they cannot feel the pain they Questions...
...I remember his deing in front of fireplaces...
...Apparently Revised Edition Quindlen is unaware of fellow Timesman, Christopher J. Kauffman Anthony Lewis, who keeps a limp rein on 526 pages he eighty-seven pieces col- his emotions, and she seems never to have ISBN: 0-13-300989-0 $35 lected here are culled from slogged through the lachrymose outpourAnna Quindlen's op-ed ings of fellow Irishmen Jimmy Breslin and WHO'S WHO OF columns in the New York Pete Hamill...
...For instance, in a column comparing Mike Tyson and Magic Johnson as heroes for black kids...
...Alongside such Tom Burns, the London Pope Pius XI...
...And Other Lasting How each of us has at-one-ment with Lessons I Learned in God, here and now...
...Indeed, if Anna visions, being challenged by an impertichildren need be brought to term...
...Predictably, Quindlen was immediately and wholly won over by Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas hearings...
...It's what Henry Luce's Tune did routinely when the editors wanted to advance an ideology: disarm the reader by structuring the narrative around damning details that substitute for real argument...
...Tom stood there looking around the circle as we named our choices for the impending papal conclave and swept aside his enlightened guess: Albino Luciani...
...If that is so, she hides her ambivalence well-as any woman columnist must if she wants to write about abortion for the New York Times...
...FAITH & Anna Quindlen But to think with "feeling...
...If my memory rightly recalls our first meeting, it took place years before that in my parents' home outside Melbourne...
...Students will be accommodated in an international hotel in Nassau...
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...In Spain he had to arrange locals on their list as Belloc, Ronald Knox, Tablet's former long-time for a seven-foot bed when entertaining Arnold Lunn, and Christopher Dawson, editor, remains forever Chaxles de Gaulle and his wife...
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...She took her subsequent by marching in New York's Saint Patrick's the field...
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...dard operating procedure has been to bring The History of the the mind but not the heart to the table of Knights of Columbus IF Kenneth L. Woodward public discourse," she asserts...
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...That was just one of his many networking visits abroad: to the United States, France, Italy, Spain, Chile, and many other countries...
...Don't miss Tom's story of his crossing the Pyrenees alone in imitation of Belloc, losing his way, being drafted into a Corpus Christi THERE'LL ALWAYS BE A FIREPLACE procession in a tiny mountain village, and then traveling with a troupe of bawdy performing dogs...
...The oppressors are mostly white males, especially the clergy of her own church, but the list extends to the Irish, the Italians, the Eastern Europeans-to any lower middle-class white or Hispanic group that reminds her of her own origins in a community (a white, mostly Catholic suburb of Philadelphia) whose religious and other values she now reviles...
...Chesterton, Christopher German Catholic theology: the article apartment to discuss possible successors Dawson, T.S...
...Quindlen didn't exist, Mary Gordon would nent young Jesuit: "Father, is it all right What emerges from this book is a veiled have invented her...
...The technique is familiar...
...There are stories about those he met whom, as Tom remarks, "the FrancoSheed and Ward (London), available in the in the United States like Thomas Merton, Prussian war was like a hair-shirt, would U.S...
...She may not want us to think like THE NEW proach to column writing, but also pref- her-but we damn well better learn to feel ENCYCLOPEDIA OF aces to each of the book's four sections like her...
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...She thinks the media substitutes for "Some characteristics of the Irish I long-vanished "back fences...
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...The list Tom helped to bring in translations from etched in my memory stand- of those whom Tom knew, entertained, France and Germany...

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