Collected from a diverse range of sources, including Parabola and The New Yorker, these essays offer some insight and grace, but the organizing principle of community is a bit diffuse. Some of the more abstruse essays are academic, like Tim Luke's analysis of liberal theory and ecology. Only a few essays offer strong reporting, like Jane Kramer's look at how the Salman Rushdie affair galvanized England's Muslims, whom she calls ``a constituency waiting to be exploited.'' Most essays are personal accounts: Los Angeles Crip warlord ``Monster Kody'' recalls his initiation into gang violence at the age of 11; journalist Phil Catalfo reports on finding friends and advice on a computer network; and former inmate/reformer Jean Harris observes how prison provides more companionship than some women have seen on the streets. Some of the most resonant essays have a spiritual component: Czech leader Vaclav Havel asserts that ``politics as the practice of morality is possible.'' Theologian Stanley Hauerwas, in a tonic critique of platitudes about rebellion against authority, maintains that students must be trained to think before they are allowed to think for themselves. Walker is Graywolf's publisher. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/04/1993 Release date: 10/01/1993 Genre: Nonfiction
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