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The Case Against Mix-and-Match Spirituality

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Leon Wieseltier, 2013 laureate, posited that ... Americans are trying to bring to their religious experience the same level of customization that they expect when shopping, [whereas] religious institutions force members to grapple with hard ideas, to interact with different kinds of people, and to receive the wisdom of the ages.

Panelists ponder what American faith might look like in 2024, and grapple with what keeping religious traditions alive actually requires.

Read The Atlantic article, June 28th 2014

The Case Against Mix-and-Match Spirituality

Leon Wieseltier Wieseltier Leon 1Spirituality

 


Leon Wieseltier [2013 laureate], posited that ... Americans are trying to bring to their religious experience the same level of customization that they expect when shopping, [whereas] religious institutions force members to grapple with hard ideas, to interact with different kinds of people, and to receive the wisdom of the ages.

Panelists ponder what American faith might look like in 2024, grappling with what keeping religious traditions alive actually requires.

Read the article in The Atlantic, June 28th 2014

Amitav Ghosh, 2011 laureate - Second part of his historical trilogy 'River of Smoke' is a marvel

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"River of Smoke follows the story through to Canton in China, where the opium is sold.

...the novel's strength lies in how thoroughly Ghosh fills out his research with his novelistic fantasy, seduced by each new situation that presents itself and each new character, so that at their best the scenes read with a sensual freshness as if they were happening now.

The writing can't help coming down on the side of the rich intercourse of ports and traders, the hybridity born of cultural contact, the bastardisations of language in pidgin and port slang, and sexual encounters across the barriers of race and convention."

Read the article in The Guardian

Coen Brothers to Write Scrip for Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s Cold War Spy Thriller

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The Coen Brothers, 2011 laureates

 

 

 

 

  

"The untitled project is based on the true story of James Donovan, whom Hanks will portray. Donovan was the American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U2 spy plane pilot who had been shot down over Russia two years earlier."

Read the article in Variety, June 20th 2014

 

Little Tony Blairs of Kosovo

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, 2009 laureate, is honored with little Toniblers, Blers and Tonis named after the 'Great Man'.

Listen to the video, The Guardian, June 20th 2014

 

Of pride and shame: the Turkish gay community in the Netherlands

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Joyce van de Bildt, recipient of the 2014 Dan David Prize doctoral scholarship, analyzes the issue of homosexuality in the Turkish Dutch community.

"Of the eighty boats participating in the parade at the beginning of August, most eyes were drawn towards the so-called 'Turkish Boat'; the first of its kind to appear in the boat float in Amsterdam as part of its annual Gay Pride celebrations. This unconventional presence also drew criticism and even threats originating from the Turkish community. In particular, the manifestation of national pride in combination with gay pride is questioned."

Read the article in openDemocracy, September 17, 2012