“While We’re At It” is the section of short items appearing at the back of First Things invented by Father Richard John Neuhaus, which I wrote during my time as executive editor of the magazine. The first few, following the practice of the preceding editor, when the section was written by several people, appeared without a byline and used the editorial “we” a lot. I’ve posted the first few and the last few and will post the others as I have time.
While We’re At It December 2011
On Andrew Weil’s cruel evangelism, small town sophistication, Talmudic Purgatory, etc.
While We’re At It January 2012
On RJN’s strong triumphant pee, the New Mass, the word “gay,” etc.
While We’re At It March 2012
On pro-life athelings, bourgeois religion, Stephen King’s sentimentality, etc.
While We’re At It December 2013
On Transhumanist illusions, Muslim converts, places that are not France, etc.
While We’re At It January 2014
On Roma and the law, Catholic-friendly Evangelicals, libertarian procuresses, etc.
While We’re At It February 2014
On conservative maneuvering, the Yippie Museum, objective disorders, etc.
While We’re At It March 2014
On Tim Tebow, gender alternatives, global warming, etc.