Alain de Botton’s new Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion (Pantheon, 2012) is a refreshing change from Richard Dawkin or the late Christopher Hitchens, who have been fervent in their atheism—noisy proselytizers for the no-god cause. People who insist that religion is a useless vestige of old ways of thinking—a
The town I live in ("some of the time," my neighbors might say) is known for efforts to promote local businesses as part of a sustainable regional economy. I've written about them and will be writing more. When I came across this article, which mentions the "sense of community," I wondered if such a thing
My usual walk is to Lake Mansfield, through the neighborhood we call "The Hill." I occasionally see people but not many. It's a quiet neighborhood, and even quieter along the lake until you get to the beach (busy this time of year). But this morning we needed milk so I walked down the hill to
I hadn't realized that I need to write about the acid house rave movement in my book on community! This is a fascinating article though, from the UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph (not owned by Murdoch but traditionally conservative/Tory, with very large readership): Rather than eating out in traditional restaurants, Britons will increasingly share meals
I use Google Alerts a lot, for important colleagues and my publishing company's star authors and editors, and also for a few phrases relevant to my research on community. No question that the phrase "search for community" brings up more results than "search for community" - and not surprisingly so, if you look at how
INTERPERSONAL DIVIDE is a thoughtful book about community and the online world, and I've just discovered that the author, Michael Bugeja, has put sample syllabi on his website. And beautifully organized - I am impressed! Would love to hear from anyone who's used these materials.