Controlling Our Bodies, Controlling Ourselves

To help promote Acculturated Templeton Press is making select essays from the book available for free on this website. In this essay from Daniel Akst, we find a veritable feast of food for thought. If John Bunyan were alive today but still infused with religious passion, how might he get his message across? Surely not by writing a book-length … Continued

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Sex, Lies, and YouTube

To help promote Acculturated Templeton Press is making select essays from the book available for free on this website. This one, from Kay S. Hymowitz, looks at our national obsession with the infidelities of our “celebrity class.” If the headlines seem to tell us one thing about our culture, it is that we are living in the Age of Adultery. A steady … Continued

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Performance Art: The Faux Creativity of Lady Gaga

To help promote Acculturated Templeton Press is making select essays from the book available for free on this website. This one, courtesy of Emily Esfahani Smith, tackles the tricky issue of creativity in our post-post-(one more post?)-modern world. In 2008, Lady Gaga’s debut album “The Fame” topped the pop charts worldwide, and its first two singles—the disco-inspired “Just Dance” … Continued

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Project Runway: The Surprising Virtues of Style

To help promote Acculturated Templeton Press is making select essays from the book available for free on this website. This one, from father-daughter duo Herb and Stacy London (he of the Hudson Institute, she of TLC’s What Not to Wear), takes a critical eye at what you’re wearing and what it says about you. It is something of a bromide … Continued

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“You’re Lying on Facebook!”

If you’re on Facebook, chances are you have at least one friend who updates constantly with news about their enviable lifestyle: “Lunch at [fabulous place] with my agent. Best duck confit ever!” “Just barely made my plane to [fabulous destination], upgraded to 1st class like boss!” “Sunset on the beach with [significant other]. I love my … Continued

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Death Be Not Chic

Acculturated contributor Judy Bachrach begins her essay on the portrayal of death in modern pop culture by reaching all the way back to Tolstoy: “I’ve not given up thinking of death,” said Levin. “It’s true that it’s high time I was dead; and that all this is nonsense. . . . I do value my … Continued

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Are We Living in the Age of Adultery? Part II

In this, part II of what could be an infinitely long series of posts on powerful people in compromising positions, we look at one of the mainstays of what Kay Hymowitz has called our National Adultery Ritual: the “I got caught face” which gets plastered on for the “I’m sorry” press conference. Check out this … Continued

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The Weight of Sin vs. The Sin of Weight

If John Bunyan were alive today but still infused with religious passion, how might he get his message across to the masses? Surely, argues Daniel Akst in his contribution to Acculturated, not by writing a book-length allegory like The Pilgrim’s Progress. No, nowadays a Puritan prophet like Bunyan would probably take his message to TV. And as Akst sees it, the program he would create, if it didn’t already exist, might be something like The Biggest Loser.

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