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Update from Dick Meyer August 23, 2008

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I have a new column up on NPR.org. It goes far afield from politics and current events. The headline is “Cancer And Community.” The topic puts rather bracing perspective on all the pleasant and fun events I have been since the book was published.

Many readers have made Herculean and successful attempts to reach me, which is very flattering and encouraging. The easiest way to be in touch is through this e-mail: editorial.director@npr.org. Thanks.


Dick Meyer On Faith August 8, 2008

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Against the Grain
Community, Choice And Faith
Dick Meyer

Athletes have an inelegant term for the fans, reporters, owners and managers who like to hang around them. They call them jock sniffers.

I have been a faith sniffer. Having no ability or capacity for faith, religious practice or mystical experience, I am fascinated and attracted to people who do.

In high school, I spent a long, hot Ozark summer working on a ranch with a man who came back from the Vietnam War as a born-again Christian. He was studying to be a Pentecostal preacher, and his final exam was to convert me, the lonely little Jewish boy with whom he worked. I enjoyed the hours we spent picking rocks out of a hay field, when he preached at me and I argued back, citing Dostoyevsky and Nietzsche. I majored in comparative religion in college.

Since then, I have thought consistently about why it is so hard for many Americans of my generation and younger to embrace traditional inherited religion. “Traditional” is the key word here. It is obvious that since the 1960s there has been no shortage of spiritual seeking. There has been an equally obvious rise in alternative religion, including Christian fundamentalism, which isn’t especially traditional in many parts of the country. This is rather different than Europe, which has tended to just reject religion in all forms.

Click here to read the rest of Dick’s “Against the Grain” NPR column.

Dick Meyer in the Media August 8, 2008

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The media appearances and reviews continue to roll in for Dick Meyer’s Why We Hate Us. Check out the links below.


LA Times

Miami Herald



Talk of the Nation


San Francisco Chronicle

WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show

NPR Morning Edition

CBS Early Show

Patt Morrison’s Blog on Dick’s NPR appearance

Video Interview on Marketwatch

Also, check out this blog review.

Browse Inside Why We Hate Us August 6, 2008

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Flip through the first chapter of Why We Hate Us by clicking here.