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A Misremembered Woman

A Misremembered Woman  I found a book to read for the flight from Philadelphia to Ontario, California, this past week. It was about a woman named Sabina Spielrein. I’d never heard of her, but she’s an important figure in the … Continue reading

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“The Elevator Pitch”

“The Elevator Pitch” We fly to San Antonio this Thursday, to attend meetings of the American Academy of Religion.  Jerry will chair two panels and meet colleagues in connection with the project he founded: Theology Without Walls. Why am I … Continue reading

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Nostalgia and Yearning

Nostalgia and Yearning For most of my life, I’ve lived under a low-hanging cloud of yearning. The Germans call it Sehnsucht. It’s romantic longing for a fog-enshrouded, mystery-enfolded, beckoning future. It’s the kind of longing depicted in the movie, “Wuthering … Continue reading

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“The Well of Time”

“The Well of Time” “Very deep is the well of the past.” So, in Joseph and His Brothers, Thomas Mann begins his monumental recreation of the Biblical Book of Genesis. In early adolescence, Mann’s Joseph was my favorite book, together … Continue reading

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“Cynicism”

“Cynicism” The other day a young woman I know, an artist and philosopher who picks up a dollar working at the cafe I frequent, said to me that some of the people she meets act so deplorably that she’s getting … Continue reading

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“Valentine’s Day”

“Valentine’s Day” Jerry and I have each been working single-mindedly on editing our respective books. The editing process has its own kind of tension. It is not the open-ended agony of scripting the original draft, where you don’t know if … Continue reading

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