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Book Matters Signatures: Literary Encounters of a Lifetime by David Pryce-Jones I rode in the limousine with David Pryce-Jones and other speakers going to the conference titled “Is It 1938 Again?” held at Queens College of The City University of … Continue reading

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Book Matters The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family by Bettye Kearse It’s the African-Americans who have the secret of America.  Or so we all feel subliminally, with a kind of “holy envy.”  That’s the expression … Continue reading

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Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neal Hurston This is the autobiography of the great Zora Neal Hurston, whom I first learned of when Jerry started reading aloud from her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, at breakfast.  The … Continue reading

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Book Matters Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave Written by Himself by Frederick Douglass, edited by Benjamin Quarles I know of no book, and no reading experience, like this one.  Years ago, I read Uncle Tom’s … Continue reading

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The Exiles Return: A Novel by Elisabeth de Waal. This book would never have come to my notice had it not been for Barry Cooper, the professor of political science at Calgary.  Cooper has an insider’s understanding of a philosopher … Continue reading

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Book Matters Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman by Stefan Zweig. It’s impossible to write a more definitive biography of Marie Antoinette, the unluckiest Queen of France, than the one by Stefan Zweig.  The biography combines the objectivity … Continue reading

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Book Matters  These are some of the books I’ve been reading lately – that I can recommend. A History of the American People by Paul Johnson. This book started out so fact-crammed and deadpan that I thought it would be … Continue reading

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Book Matters Shared here are my impressions of two books that I read recently.  Both were riveting, but in entirely different ways. Bloomfield Avenue: A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl’s Spiritual Journey by Linda Mercadante Linda Mercadante is best known as the … Continue reading

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Book Matters Here is my roundup of a couple of books that I’ve been reading, or finishing, lately. You’ll see what you think. Why Religion? A Personal Story by Elaine Pagels. She’s the author of The Gnostic Gospels. That book … Continue reading

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Wickedness and Suffering

Wickedness and Suffering Does that heading about cover it?  Eugene Ionesco, the brilliant Franco-Romanian playwright, wrote Tueur sans gages [Killer without wages], a play that opens with his characters marveling over the great neighborhood to which they feel fortunate to … Continue reading

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