(Dutch) New York History

Amid a deeply divided society, America’s tradition of cultural and religious tolerance appears to be imperiled. The Dutch colonial history of New York City reveals the importance of those values in shaping the city and the entire United States.

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Trapped in Lovecraft Country

The new HBO series Lovecraft Country explores America’s legacy of racial injustice and violence through the conventions of horror and science fiction. It might be the show to help audiences make sense of the current state of the nation.

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Ordinary Rituals

COVID-19 and social distancing have disrupted nearly every aspect of our lives, including our everyday activities. These ordinary rituals–a stop at a neighborhood cafe or a drink with a friend–instill our lives with an often underappreciated richness. Our loss (and slow remaking) of them reveal their powerful meaning.

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Gardens of Change

As the Second World War loomed on the horizon, writer Louis Bromfield abandoned his celebrity-filed life in France to farm in his native Ohio. His writings and activism presaged the contemporary sustainable food movement and stand as an early parallel to Pope Francis’s environmental message in Laudato Si’.

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