In his essay “The Case for Contamination,” which appeared in The New York Times Magazine in January, Ghanaian philosopher and Princeton professor Kwame Anthony Appiah addressed several issues surrounding globalization, including diversity, what he calls “cosmopolitanism” and the often paradoxical notions of  “purity” in culture. “Cultures...

Paul Simon with South African musicians Bakithi Kumalo and Ray Phiri at a rehearsal for the Graceland reunion concert. More people in the United States are exposed today to more music from around the world, more regularly, than at any other time in history. Paul Simon writes...

Maria Eva Duarte de Peron might have been an actress of modest talents and unexceptional beauty, but her Evita was a masterpiece. A woman wielding power -- decisive power -- disrupted the established order, sparked deep loves and hatreds, aroused mixed desires and profound fears --...