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  • The American Dream: What It Means and Why It’s Important

    The American Dream: What It Means and Why It’s Important1

    Have you ever known a friend who said, “Next year I’m moving to Rome and living the Italian Dream?” How about a buddy who over coffee declared, “I can’t stand this country anymore. I’m off to Ankara, where I can live the Turkish Dream?” Or an uncle who slapped his open hand on the table

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  • From Wants to Wealth: Thoughts on Contentment

    From Wants to Wealth: Thoughts on Contentment5

    My Pennsylvania-born mother owned a black napkin holder sporting an Amish woman and an inscription: “Ve grow too soon alt und too late schmart” (“We grow too soon old and too late smart”). Recently, I had reason to remember that adage. Because my children have trouble figuring out what to give me for my birthday,

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  • The Sort of Men We Need

    The Sort of Men We Need6

    A new book by Mark Helprin is like a surprise gift from St. Nick, so when I spotted The Oceans and the Stars: A Sea Story, a War Story, a Love Story on the “New Book” shelf of my public library, I snagged that gift, headed for the checkout desk, and opened it as soon

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  • Bringing Down the Game of Thrones: A Revolution of Restoration Is Underway

    Bringing Down the Game of Thrones: A Revolution of Restoration Is Underway1

    In his 1997 memoir Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber, Yale University professor David Gelernter tells us of the mail bomb that exploded in his hands and forever changed his life. In this account of his long period of treatment and recovery, Gelernter caused a stir with his criticisms of American culture, at least one of

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