Stephen Prothero

Stephen Prothero is an assistant professor at Boston University and the author of The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott (Indiana University Press).


‘Poets on the Peaks’ by John Suiter

Poets on the Peak: Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen and Jack Kerouac in the North Cascades Text and Photographs by John Suiter Counterpoint Press: Washington, D.C., 2002 340 pp.; $40.00 (cloth) The time is long past when Beat Generation writers were regarded merely as literary figures. Like the Transcendentalist movement of Emerson and Thoreau, the Beat […]

By Stephen Prothero

Magazine Society & Environment

Julius Goldwater: The Good Shepherd

In 1928, Julius Goldwater took Buddhist vows. During World War II, he was priest to thousands of interned Japanese. Today, Goldwater—perhaps the oldest living Western convert to Buddhism—continues to expound and explore his American dharma. Julius Goldwater wasn’t the only boy in Los Angeles in the Roaring Twenties who swooned over Aimée Semple McPherson. A […]

By Stephen Prothero
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