One City

A little Friday encouragement for all us would-be activists out there: “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little.” — Author Sydney Smith, qtd in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week

Earlier this winter I decided to learn a new hobby: cooking. Nothing too fancy or involved; just regular meals that were healthier and cheaper than the restaurant food I’d been living on. And, as an added bonus, greener, because homecooked […]

With Barack Obama’s approval rating at 73%, and a public confident that he’ll deliver all the change we need, I can’t help but be reminded of another time progressives were so hopeful — or so shockingly disappointed: a little more […]

My question for you dharma warriors: this is a good thing, right? The more mainstream yoga and Buddhist imagery gets, the more peaceful the world becomes …right?

Here’s a quick link to pocketsimon’s latest buddhamachine — a special Christmas edition.  I’ve never been one to meditate with far-out music playing in the background (unless you count all that smoking-pot-while-staring-at-the-ceiling-listening-to-records I did in college as meditation), but I do like […]

In her latest novel, A Mercy, Toni Morrison answers longing with self-possession.  Florens, a slave all her life, is dangerously in love with a blacksmith — a never-enslaved African from Benin who has come to her owner’s homestead to build […]

Sometimes, in the mornings, I make tea before I meditate. Then I wonder if I should practice first, and drink the tea later (when it’s not so hot), or do something else, drink the tea, and then meditate. I’m a […]

By now the world has heard about Black Wednesday: the largest number of layoffs in book publishing announced in a single day, with Simon & Schuster and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt cutting hundreds of jobs, and the Doubleday group being cut […]

I’m not sure whether book trailers really do much to help sales, but they’re a fun concept, and some of them can be great. Here’s one promoting Andrew Zuckerman’s new photography book, “Wisdom.” It’s a collection of sage advice — […]

Bill Maher’s new movie about the perils of major world religions isn’t especially hopeful. But if you need a little break from all the good feelings of hope and change going around right now (or maybe just a break from […]