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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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 Our Twentieth Wedding Anniversary

 Our Twentieth Wedding Anniversary Today, the twentieth of January, is the actual day of our 20th wedding anniversary, though we had our celebratory dinner last Friday, after seeing the James Baldwin movie, “If Beale Street Could Talk.” At the restaurant, … Continue reading

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Now You See It, Now You Don’t Last night I watched Renique Allen being interviewed on C-Span about her book, It Was All a Dream: A New Generation Confronts the Broken Promises to Black Americans I was utterly riveted by … Continue reading

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Read Any More Good Books?

  Read Any More Good Books? As we share the current holidays, in whatever way and spirit seems best, I’ll share some of my recent reading experiences with you. Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird. Here is a royal gossip … Continue reading

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My Defense of My Parents

My Defense of My Parents Recently I read the collected letters of Lionel Trilling.  Afterward, curiosity prompted me to look in the file folder I had under that name.  Trilling had been, possibly, the most influential opinion-shaper in mid-twentieth-century America.  … Continue reading

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I Was Politically Correct for 15 Minutes

I Was Politically Correct for 15 Minutes It happened like this.  I was remembering a case I know of, where a young woman, who had her whole life before her, was being forced into the sealed back of a truck.  … Continue reading

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A Rich and Novel Treatment of an All-important Subject!

A Rich and Novel Treatment of an All-important Subject! Amazon Customer Review of Abigail L Rosenthal’s  A Good Look at Evil. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2018. By Jonathan Weidenbaum, Ph.D., School of Liberal Arts, Berkeley College, NYC I first received this … Continue reading

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