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My Latest for Tikkun: Sufjan Stevens
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From: (Anonymous) Date: February 15th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

So many good things

Wow! What can I say, this was completely unexpected. Who would've thought that reading about the religious left in the US from England, I would have hit upon an article on one my favourite singers. And not only that, but one which is incredibly well written and a pleasure to read.

The magazine looks great, really very interesting, especially if thoughtful music and the other arts are going to regularly discussed in their own right alongside the extended essays and features. There's nothing really like it in far more secular Britain although that may be changing. Witness the embarrassment of liberal parents at their religious children in "hipster" (!) novelist Zadie Smith's White Teeth and On Beauty.

The only thing that might come close is Prospect Magazine which is more concerned with our social and moral (= spiritual?) wellbeing. This reminds me that your editors might be interested in an article by Richard Leyard for the March 2005 issue titled "Happiness is Back" in the context of their New Bottom Line agenda. Unfortunately, a subscription is needed to see the article in full, but its probably also available on Lexis Nexis too.

The link's below if you want to have a look an this will allow me to post it. Thanks for a really pleasant surprise and if I find myself reading Tikkun again I'll be sure to donate.

http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/article_details.php?search_term=layard&id=6761&issue=501
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 16th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: So many good things

Thanks so much for writing! I've heard of Prospect, but look forward to checking it out further. The virtue of the internet is that it's easier to make connections of this sort, to sense the fleshing out of solidarities that span huge distances. Comments like yours excite me and give me hope.
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