Upon accepting the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, Muslim writer Navid Kermani tackled some contested questions. Syria and Iraq, persecuted Christians, the true nature of Islam: Will Western Christians respond, or stay indifferent?
This issue explores what it means to be a good neighbor – to a homeless person, an immigrant, a veteran, a criminal, or even to an enemy in a time of war.
Cover art: Kevin 51, by Neil Shigley. The artist describes asking Kevin, a homeless man in San Diego, for permission to make his portrait: “I met Kevin near the railroad tracks where there were no businesses and few people. He looked very alone. He pointed to his hospital wristband – perhaps to tell me he was mentally ill. He looked tough and mean from a distance, but up close he seemed the opposite.”