09/12/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

A Son's Appreciation -- For His Father and the Immigrant Experience of the 20th Century

Marc Gunther's father died -- this appreciation by Marc is well worth reading.


"I'm writing about him today because, despite an often-difficult relationship, his experiences inevitably helped shape my thinking on a number of topics relevant to this blog...immigration, globalization and religion, among them...My dad had lived in Greenwich Village since the late 1990s. This week, as I've wandered around New York, making funeral arrangements, seeing family and thinking about his life. I couldn't help noticing: The waiters, the cab drivers, the doormen--they're all immigrants."