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    Going Beyond Ethnic Dualism Paid Member

    Dreaming Me:An African-American Woman’s Spiritual Journey Janice Dean Willis Riverhead Books: New York, 2001 352 pp.; $23.95 (cloth) More »
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    Where the Moon Is Companion Paid Member

    POEMS OF THE MASTERS: China’s Classic Anthology of T’ang and Sung Dynasty Verse More »
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    Much Ado About Nothingness Paid Member

    The Cult of Nothingness: The Philosophers and the BuddhaRoger-Pol DroitTranslated by David Streight and Pamela VohnsonChapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003288 pp.; $59.95 (cloth), $24.95 (paper) What do people think about when they think about Buddhism? Maybe it’s the Dalai Lama, beaming amid a clutch of eager young monks or smiling benevolently at a throng of Hollywood admirers. Maybe it’s a bald, bespectacled, and black-robed woman from lower Manhattan, presiding over the neighborhood zendo. Or maybe it’s Keanu Reeves, in a flattering dhoti and heavy eyeliner, sitting unperturbed beneath the Bodhi tree amid a blizzard of special effects. More »
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    Gross Anatomy Paid Member

    Body WorldsThe Museum for Science and IndustryChicago, through September 5, 2005Franklin Institute Science MuseumPhiladelphia, October 7, 2005—April 23, 2006 Body Worlds 2Great Lakes Science CenterCleveland, through September 18, 2005Ontario Science CenterToronto, Spetember 30, 2005—February 26, 2006 The Universe WithinNob Hill Masonic CenterSan Francisco, through September 4, 2005 More »
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    History and Truth Paid Member

    The House of WidowsAskold MelnyczukSt. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 2008256 pp.; $16.00 (paper)History’s neither a searchlight nor a camera: it’s a flickering candle we use to read the marks on the wall as we crawl from that cave where only shadows of images play. —Askold MelnyczukMore »
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    Unplug Yourself Paid Member

    MEDITATION MAY BE our last, best refuge from iPhones, Treos, iPods—and our overscheduled lives. Now Vipassana teacher Sharon Salzberg has come up with a way we can slow down, ditch our electronic gadgets—temporarily, at least—and go on retreat without leaving home. Unplug, her new interactive kit (Sounds True, 2008, $26.95), provides everything you need to visit your “inner Wyoming” (that place of “peace, spaciousness, clarity, and freedom that exists within each of us”) for a restorative hour or day or weekend.More »