Jay Parini, a poet and novelist who teaches at Middlebury College, is most recently the author of The Way of Jesus: Living an Ethical and Spiritual Life.

Mind Games

The literary critic Edmund Wilson and the novelist Vladimir Nabokov were the greatest of friends, until they weren’t. The cause of their break up? A poem. But an epic poem, fittingly.

INTEMPERATE

Trump is the worst, but he’s just the leader of a pack of political candidates who don’t seem to understand that hateful speech can trigger horrible effects.

Harsh

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore is back in the news with his opinions on same-sex marriage. You might call the vengeful judge an Old Testament Christian.

Same Deity

During a recent visit to the former capital of the Byzantine empire, the pope labored mightily to bring Islam into dialogue with Christianity. But does he really accept that God is God?