Category Archives: Courtship

My Father’s Continuing Funerary Cortege

My Father’s Continuing Funerary Cortege A country song comes to mind as I try to picture what reading the complete extant papers of my father has been like for me during these past weeks.  There’s a long line of mourners … Continue reading

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Loyalty to Origins

Loyalty to Origins* What you and I would like to achieve in our identity politics is purity.  We don’t want to be double — or a double-crosser.  We want to be single-minded.  As Leo Bronstein, whom I’ve cited before in … Continue reading

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Touching Up Roots

Touching Up Roots Today, for the first time in my life, I’ve tried – with the help of the kit I sent for – to color my own hair. What’s the worst that could happen?  I’ll come out looking like … Continue reading

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Fording the Flood

Fording the Flood I had a dream the other night, depicting the journey I’m in the midst of at present. On a bus traveling long distance, I was a passenger.  It was not a bus of recent vintage.  It lacked … Continue reading

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Another Door

Another Door After the death of my mother, I devoted long weeks to clearing my parents’ Manhattan apartment.  It seemed the bitterest of times. All the tapestried layers, the complexities of them – the charm, the humor, the remarks that … Continue reading

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Comprehending the Fate of Women

Comprehending the Fate of Women Alfred de Muset, the romantic French writer, wrote a play with the title, On ne badine pas avec l’amour, or in English, One Doesn’t Kid Around with Love.  The heroine of this play speaks a … Continue reading

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The Personal Meets the Political

The Personal Meets the Political I’m still reading A Dangerous Liaison, the book by Carole Seymour-Jones, about the great twentieth-century power couple, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre.  In my previous blog on them, I focused on the inconsistency between … Continue reading

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Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir

Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir Talk about a Power Couple!  He is responsible for the 20th-century French Existentialist claims that life is absurd, God nonexistent, we create our identities and the values we give to our projects. And she? … Continue reading

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The Coziness of Louisa May Alcott

The Coziness of Louisa May Alcott “Coziness” is not a word in the highest repute.  In the 17th century, when the philosophers called “modern” were allowing the new physics to define reality, the features they deemed objectively-out-there were measurable: like … Continue reading

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It’s Our Twentieth!

It’s Our Twentieth! January 20th, 2020, is our twentieth anniversary and, over the past few days, we’ve been talking about what it all means. In our first year, when I still lived in New York and Jerry in Washington D.C., … Continue reading

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