Edwards, Mark. Faith and Foreign Affairs in the American Century. Lexington Books, 2019.
The United States has led the world in almost every way since World War I. In 1941, Life magazine publisher Henry Luce dubbed his country’s preponderant power “the American Century.” His editorial was a statement of fact but also an aspiration for countrymen to unite in promotion of a world order friendly to American interests.
Faith and Foreign Affairs in the American Century examines the nature of public involvement in American diplomacy. As a concept decades in the making, the American Century was conceived by those connected through the country’s leading foreign policy think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations. The missionary couple and Washington insiders Francis and Helen Miller, who fought to make the American empire a radically democratic one, figured prominently in that work. The Millers’ many partnerships embodied the conflicts as well as the cooperation of Christianity and secularism in the long reimagining of the United States as a global state.
Rinck, Jonathan. “Ghost Stories: A Conversation with Michael Rakowitz.” Sculpture, vol. 38, no. 5, Sept. 2019, pp. 56–63.
Abstract: An interview with American artist, Michael Rakowitz is presented. Topics discussed include creation of graphic novel about the war in Iraq through sculptural, conceptual, and performance-based works; information about Rakowit's Bamiyan Buddha project in Afghanistan, part of "What Dust Will Rise" and traditional stone carving; and impact of Judaic principle of tikkun olam, "repairing the world" on the work of Rakowitz.
Bilbro, Jeffrey. “When Did Wendell Berry Start Talking Like a Christian?” Christianity and Literature 68, no. 2 (2019): 272–96.
Abstract: Around 1979, Wendell Berry began using more explicitly Christian language to articulate his view of creation. This essay traces Berry’s youthful rebellion from and eventual return to Christian language through his letters with Snyder and his essay “The Gift of Good Land.” It then contrasts the sacramental vision his early sabbath poems articulate with the pagan vision of several early poems—poems he chooses not to include in his 1985 Collected Poems. Finally, it considers how Remembering, his first novel focusing on the autobiographical character Andy Catlett, can be read as a conversion narrative.
Rinck, Jonathan. "Naturally Manufactured." Ceramics Monthly 66, no. 8 (Oct 2018): 36-39.
Abstract: The article offers information on the industrial wheel-thrown ceramic vessels of Stephen Heywood which seems the opposite of handcrafted pottery. The striking mimicry of Heywood's architectural structures and their uncannily industrial aesthetic which suggests that these are also sculptural art objects is mentioned. Also cited is Heywood's painted and stenciled markings on abandoned buildings.