Dec. 30, 2003
Happy New Everything
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt looks at the annual ritual of reflection at the beginning of the new year.
Dec. 29, 2003
Diane Arbus: No Blinking
Essayist Richard Rodriguez looks at the work of photographer Diane Arbus, who opened her shutter on subjects that rarely blinked at life.
Dec. 25, 2003
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt considers the appeal of a single voice.
Dec. 17, 2003
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt looks at a new book of photographs called "Silent Places," which shows some of the houses and institutions in Poland that were evacuated by the Jews during the Holocaust. Rosenblatt says a human element remains even in places that have been abandoned by evil or time.
Dec. 3, 2003
Things That Matter
Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming says that separation and loss teach us that the written word we share with loved ones is often one of the things that matters most.
Nov. 27, 2003
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt offers some thoughts on Thanksgiving.
Nov. 26, 2003
Ties That Bind: The Blue Ties of George W. Bush
Former NewsHour correspondent Roger Mudd returns with some observations about what some people are wearing around their necks.
Nov. 17, 2003
Ins and Outs
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt discusses the inside advantage of claiming to be an outsider in American politics.
Nov. 13, 2003
Essayist Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune explores America's interest in court television.
Nov. 7, 2003
Moving Images: "Lost in Translation" and "Kill Bill"
Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming sees a yin and yang in two recent critically acclaimed films: Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation" and Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill."
Oct. 30, 2003
The Last Word: Famous Last Words
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt considers the famous last words from Hamlet to Bob Hope.
Oct. 22, 2003
Roger Rosenblatt considers the engagement of the common fan in the arena of professional sports.
Oct. 15, 2003
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt visits the words of a man who helped change America.
Oct. 10, 2003
Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming explores some consequences of the culture created by America's expansion into the suburbs in the mid-20th century.
Oct. 6, 2003
Century of Cars
Essayist Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune shares some thoughts on a century of cars.
Sept. 30, 2003
Art and Responsibility
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt considers artistic responsibility.
Sept. 24, 2003
California Dreaming: The Recall Election
Essayist Richard Rodriguez considers the recall election in California.
Sept. 16, 2003
Living with Hurricanes
Hurricane Isabel is headed for the East Coast of the United States. Essayist Roger Rosenblatt considers hurricanes.
Aug. 21, 2003
Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming considers an exhibition of video art in Los Angeles.
Aug. 18, 2003
California Recall Chaos
Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming considers the California recall race.
Aug. 14, 2003
Summer of Love
Essayist Richard Rodriguez considers some of this summer's news stories.
Aug. 13, 2003
Anne Frank: A Writer's Life
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt considers an exhibit about Anne Frank at Washington's Holocaust Museum.
Aug. 5, 2003
Movies: Summer Angels
Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming samples some summer movies.
July 23, 2003
Charles Douglass: The Last Laugh
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt considers the legacy of a television pioneer.
July 15, 2003
Lenny Bruce: Tragedy Plus Time
Essayist Clarence Page of The Chicago Tribune considers the late comedian Lenny Bruce.
July 7, 2003
A Mighty Wind
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt takes a nostalgic trip to the movies.
July 3, 2003
Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming considers the impact of recent news stories about hormone replacement therapy.
June 25, 2003
Essay: At Odds With Ourselves
Essayist Richard Rodriguez takes note of America's changing generations.
June 20, 2003
Letter to a Bride
Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming contemplates June brides.
June 2, 2003
Essay: Iraq Aftermath
Essayist Richard Rodriguez considers one byproduct of the war in Iraq.
May 26, 2003
Essay: The Future of Memory
Memorial Day thoughts from essayist Roger Rosenblatt.
May 14, 2003
Essay: What is Freedom?
An Anne Taylor Fleming essay.
May 13, 2003
Essay: Reality TV
Essayist Clarence Page of The Chicago Tribune considers the television coverage of the war in Iraq.
May 6, 2003
Essay: In Other News
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt looks at what else was going on while we were watching the Iraq war.
Jan. 30, 2003
Essay: War Fever
Richard Rodriguez examines Americans' attitudes toward war.
Jan. 24, 2003
Essay: Turning Around
Richard Rodriguez considers the 40th anniversary of the second Vatican Council.
Jan. 15, 2003
Crossing Over: Elvis Presley and Eminem
Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune considers Elvis Presley and Eminem.
Jan. 14, 2003
Essay: Villains or Heroes
Richard Rodriguez looks at the way history regards some larger-than-life personalities.
Jan. 9, 2003
Essay: Crime in L.A.
Anne Taylor Fleming considers the crime problem in Los Angeles.