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The Brooklyn Candide -- a Weird and Wonderful Triumph of Imagination Over Funding

Myra Chanin | Posted 04.26.2014 | New York
Myra Chanin

One might well ask, why was a non-believer like me leaping onto four different subway trains to get to St. Charles Borromeo's Church in Brooklyn Heigh...

Two Principles to Guide American Foreign Policy

Ali Wyne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ali Wyne

Voltaire's 1764 book Dictionnaire Philosophique quotes an Italian proverb, "Le meglio è l'inimico del bene," which translates to "The best is the enemy of the good." Two variants of this maxim can contribute to the conduct of American foreign policy.

Interview: Aurelio Voltaire -- 'A Jedi in Sith Clothing' (Who Sings!)

Dori Hartley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Dori Hartley

"People ask me all of the time if I have a hobby. I thought I didn't, but I was wrong. I do have one and it's bathing. That's my hobby. ... And since I'm a professional daydreamer, this is practically like being on the job."

You Are What You Eat

David Sable | Posted 10.19.2013 | Media
David Sable

Frankly, I am more curious about Google; that is, Google as a proxy for ease of access to information. Does that access -- by default -- make us smarter?

Movie Review: Man of Steel

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.14.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Zack Snyder widens his view as a director with Man of Steel, taking a proclivity for creating startling images in the service of storytelling and using it to enlarge and expand the action.

Making "Perfect the Enemy of the Good" Kills Children

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 02.19.2013 | Crime
Hemanshu Nigam

The right of a child to live and grow up to be an adult is a birthright. The right to bear arms is a right ordained to us on a piece of parchment.

13 Pen Names You May Have Thought Were Real

Posted 12.04.2012 | Books

It's no secret Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, and George Eliot was actually a woman named Mary Anne Evans. But you may not realize that...

Don't Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good (Or, Lessons From an Imperfect Garden)

Anne Phillips | Posted 12.02.2012 | Green
Anne Phillips

I used to spend a lot of time in my garden to achieve a more manicured look. At that point in my life it was about impressing folks. It was more about how people saw me. Now that I am older I worry less.

Salman Rushdie and the Right to Offend

Carlo Strenger | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Carlo Strenger

Salman Rushdie's memoir Joseph Anton rebels against the reduction of The Satanic Verses to an insult to Islam. I agree. But modern liberal democracies, freedom of thought and expression are impossible without the right to offend.

Meatless Monday: One Study Won't Shake Faith In Organics

Ellen Kanner | Posted 11.24.2012 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Call them organic study deniers. Call them, to use Cool's term, "rebellious naturals." The Stanford study doesn't affect their -- or my -- commitment to organics any more than the Medical Journal of Australia's new study advocating a meatless diet will shake the convictions of a passionate Paleo.

Superman vs. Lex Luthor: Riding the Line of Ethics and Success in Business

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business
Shane Paul Neil

As it turns out, Superman's willingness to take a good old-fashioned butt whooping is as strong an asset as anything else he has in his arsenal. Superman's ethos and Lex's ruthlessness is the business equivalent of long-term sustainability and the short-term money grab.

Jane Austen Takes No Prisoners

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.19.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Austen excelled at wielding the skewer. Lady Catherine de Bourgh is an obvious example in Pride and Prejudice. But the book holds worse.

Do Religious People Really Believe in God?

Andrew Pessin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Andrew Pessin

Actions do speak louder than words: they reflect what we really believe. And most religious believers regularly engage in actions inconsistent with genuine religious belief. So they must not really believe after all.

Does Free Speech Mean Free to Offend?

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Terry Kelhawk

Obviously life is full of offense. We can't legislate good taste or make everything that offends everyone illegal. Freedom of speech entails the freedom to offend. But that doesn't mean we have to offend.

Political Dialogue; Too Important to be Hijacked

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

In order for any group to come up with ideas that are smarter than its members, it must have a wide range of diverse viewpoints.

Henry Miller and a Sunday in Big Sur

Alex Henry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Alex Henry

I was not far into Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch by Henry Miller, but I was sufficiently delighted by what I had read that I decided I must visit this place.

Are You Perfect?

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Corso

I no longer expect myself to be perfect. Instead, I borrow the verb form of that word. I definitely expect myself to be perfecting at all times.

Uncommon Sense

Jim Lichtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Lichtman

In words that I can only describe as abominably ignorant, a number of state legislators and others have said the following regarding President Obama's...

3 Ways To Bring Gratitude Into Your Life

Anne Naylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Naylor

There is a lot of bad news around. No news in that. Does it get to you? I limit the amount of news I read, hear or watch because it gets me down. B...

Wake up and Smell the Tea

Alex Henry | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Henry

What might happen if the entire world tried switching from coffee to tea for, say, a week?

Now You Can Say It, President-Elect Obama: "So What If I Am a Muslim?"

Muhammad Sahimi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Muhammad Sahimi

As a follower of Christ, Obama should set the record straight about the injustice that has been done to true Islam in this country.