Best Year Ever? Yes! And also…No

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has gotten a lot of attention recently for declaring that “This Has Been the Best Year Ever.” And there is much to celebrate. Extreme poverty has declined since 1981 from 42% to 10%. “As recently as 1950,” … Continued

Spirituality and the Spa: How Did Self-Indulgence Become Impressive?

The New York Times recently featured a meditation on “The New Spiritual Consumerism: On shows like ‘Queer Eye,’ makeovers, shopping and redecorating are presented as deeply meaningful.” Amanda Hess tartly comments on the remedies offered by the show’s makeover gurus: “Their salves … Continued