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Make Dharma Great Again

Being Different:  An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism by rajiv malhotra  harpercollins, 488 pages, $26.99 Following the Brexit referendum, The Economist wrote, “Farewell, left versus right. The contest that matters now is open against closed.” Rajiv . . . . Continue Reading »

The Secret of the Self

Consider the obituary column in your local newspaper—not the obituary of anyone famous but just an ordinary obituary of an ordinary person from an ordinary place. Consider it first as a surviving family member or friend, the one who has to gather the information for the obituary and select . . . . Continue Reading »

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Byzantium: The Apogee by John Julius Norwich Knopf, 389 pages, $30  John Julius Norwich is a good storyteller and Byzantine history is filled with lively tales of palace intrigue, nepotism, treachery, assassinations, arranged marriages, perfidious ambassadors, ambitious generals, sieges of . . . . Continue Reading »

A Modern Jeremiad

The True and Only Heaven: Progress and Its Critics by christopher lasch w. w. norton, 576 pages, $25 Christopher Lasch has written a “loose, baggy monster” of a hook. He takes on nothing less than “the western human condition,” arguing determinedly and, to my mind, persuasively that the . . . . Continue Reading »

Conflict of Canons

In his 1989 novel The Storyteller, Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian novelist and erstwhile presidential candidate, describes the Machiguenga, a scattered and wandering Amazonian tribe, the various clans of which are unified by the activities of the mysterious “hablador,”or “talker.” . . . . Continue Reading »

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