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It’s August and My Shrink is in the Hamptons!

It’s August and My Shrink is in the Hamptons! There was a time in Manhattan when virtually everyone I knew was in Freud-based therapy.  So people would have trouble getting through August, because that was when their shrinks were vacationing … Continue reading

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A Remarkable Evening

A Remarkable Evening Jerry and I belong to a Christian/Jewish dialogue group that celebrated its 25th year last week, though we haven’t been in it that long.  The discussion topic was not so celebratory: anti-semitism and how to destroy it.  … 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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Jews, Christians, and Jesus

Jews, Christians, and Jesus  I’ve just finished a scholarly book whose conclusion left me head-spinningly dumbfounded. Since I’m supposed to be a philosophe by profession, I’m pretty used to scholarly books, bring some acquired insulation to the reading of them, … Continue reading

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Who’s In Charge Here?

Who’s In Charge Here? Today I read an essay about the meaning of life.  It was written in the form of a book review by Peter Brooks of The Storyteller Essays by Walter Benjamin.  The review appears in the current … Continue reading

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The Moral Markers

The Moral Markers From time to time, I pause to picture how the recent phases of my life would look to me if there were no God in the pictures.  It’s a sort of thought experiment. Philosophers are given to … Continue reading

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