Crisis Update

The late Richard Lattimore’s moving translation of the New Testament has been published, for the first time in a single volume, by Northpoint Press, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux. The cover design, however, is jaw-dropping, as noticed by The New Criterion. The design is by Chip Kidd, one of the leading designers in the publishing world. From the front cover a very dead looking eye stares out from a portion of a blood-speckled face. The photograph is a work from the notorious Andres Serrano (of “Piss Christ” infamy) entitled “The Morgue (Hacked to Death II).” What is Northpoint signaling with this choice of designer and design?

First notice: Every summer, as many of you know, a summer institute is held in Krakow, Poland, exploring the social thought of Pope John Paul II and key works of political philosophy. This year will be no exception, and the program will run from July 2-18. The faculty will include Michael Novak, George Weigel, Richard John Neuhaus, and will feature an array of guest speakers from Eastern Europe. We bring along ten American students. Room and board will be provided; students will be responsible only for airfare. How do you apply? Send a two-hundred-word essay on the nature of liberty, a longer writing sample, a C.V., and a short cover letter explaining why you want to attend, to my attention at the American Enterprise Institute, 1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. Or call me for more information at 202-862-7152. The deadline for applications is May 1, 1997.

Time magazine’s Margaret Carlson, writing in Catholic Digest, credits nuns with giving many people “great earning power.” Yet nuns are left in many instances with grossly underfunded retirement. That is why Carson supports “They Shaped Lives and Still Do,” this year’s collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious, held in parishes across the country in December.


  • Brian C. Anderson

    Brian C. Anderson is a writer and Senior Editor of City Journal, a quarterly magazine, published by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. He served as literary editor of Crisis during most of the 1990s.

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