9:11 Memorial

How Acts of Beauty Filled New York After September 11

November 25, 2019

The idea of making an anonymous act of beauty for a place came to me when I offered a ceremony for New Yorkers two months after the September 11 attacks. The event, called Attending the …

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Costa Rica Altar

The Gift Decoupled

November 13, 2019

The French anthropologist and sociologist Marcel Mauss (1872-1950) was the first westerner to write about gift-giving as an essential aspect of culture, more widespread and more universal than any other. Mauss saw gift-giving as a …

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