– fantastic speech by Mayor Bloomberg on the planned Muslim community centre near ground zero. He highlights both what is so great about New York and what scares fundamentalists of any creed:
“New York City was built by immigrants, and it’s sustained by immigrants — by people from more than 100 different countries speaking more than 200 different languages and professing every faith. And whether your parents were born here or you came here yesterday, you are a New Yorker.
We may not always agree with every one of our neighbors. That’s life. And it’s part of living in such a diverse and dense city. But we also recognize that part of being a New Yorker is living with your neighbors in mutual respect and tolerance. It was exactly that spirit of openness and acceptance that was attacked on 9/11, 2001.”
It is well worth reading the whole speech and you will understand why the Mayor choked up as he spoke surrounded by religious leaders of different faiths and with the Statue of Liberty as the perfect symbol in the background.
– the billionaire Mayor also pledged this week to give away half of his fortune to charity;
– top five regrets of the dying: most common was “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me” ;
– this piece on novels about nostalgia for home from those who have moved far away struck a chord;
– having friends makes you more healthy, mine definitely make me feel better;
– Newsweek has an interesting list of what you need to read now which it describes as a literary road map to the most important stories of the moment.