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Saturday, July 26, 2003

Parochial cosmopolitanism.

"It's a great paradox of American life," Ms. Allen said, "that on the one hand we feel very cosmopolitan, with Mexican restaurants and cab drivers who speak Swahili, and we feel that we inhabit a mind-boggling multicultural universe, but at the end of the day, it breaks down to different ways of being American." Stephen Kinzer writes about the disappearance of foreign novels in translation from American publishers. ("America yawns at foreign fiction: Publishers, fixated on profit and blockbusters, offer less from abroad." New York Times 7.26.03.)

Dharma-based initiatives.

"A city turns to Buddhism to keep young Cambodians out of trouble." Katie Zezima, New York Times 7.26.03.

Church and state.

More on the first governor of Massachusetts and his contemporaries Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson, from the author of a new biography of John Winthrop: "A lot of people think of Massachusetts as a theocracy, but one of the things that distinguished Massachusetts [and] helped shape it was that no church officials could hold political office." ("Shedding light on a forgotten founder." Rich Barlow, Boston Globe 7.26.03.)

Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 26 July 2003 at 11:42 AM

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