For those who ask what was accomplished in the Sixties and whether the gains from that time have eroded, who wonder if our nation today, with Black Lives Matter, Me Too, and climate strikes, is built on the lessons of the Sixties, a new book, “Our Sixties, An Activist’s History,” by Paul Lauter, offers answers.Read More
Ethical Culture Review of Books
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Editorial Board: Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County members Marc Bernstein, who is also former archivist for the American Ethical Union; Joseph Chuman, leader of the Society, and Theresa Forsman.
In the year before his death in 2017, retired literature professor Richard Lettis compiled many of his thoughts on atheism, as well as the convictions of philosophers, poets, and scientists, living and dead, on the topic. The result is “A-Theism: Believe It or Not.”Read More
In this memoir, lucky survivor Gabriel Brownstein takes the reader into doctors’ offices and emergency rooms but also into his life, including his happy marriage, his work, and his hobbies. The journey, says reviewer Doris Friedensohn, is riveting.Read More
Author: Doris Friedensohn (Full Court Press, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 2018) Reviewed by Theresa Forsman “The charm, one might say the genius of memory, is that it is choosy, chancy, and temperamental: It rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a chunk of melon in the dust.” Elizabeth Bowen, Irish-born author, 1899-1973 […]
Click here to read Part One A veteran activist, wizened and white, recently gave me this advice: I used to think I needed to understand how black people suffer from racism. I thought, if it’s really that bad, then explain it to me — when it happens, how it works. But then someone asked why […]
By Lawrence J. Friedman (Columbia University Press, 2013) Reviewed by Joseph Chuman Erich Fromm changed my life–in very big ways. Vogue authors abounded on college campuses in the 1960s. Names such Herman Hesse, Aldous Huxley, Alan Watts and Jack Kerouac were among those at the top of the list. For students poetically inclined […]