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“Meta-Narratives”

“Meta-Narratives”  There is a French post-modern philosopher who writes, “I define postmodern as incredulity toward metanarratives.” By that is meant, there is no large story – no history of humanity as such – into which our private stories, the novellas … Continue reading

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“Being Brave”

“Being Brave” Nobody wants to think of herself as a whining, sniveling, cowering coward. At the same time, one of the advantages of the female sex is that (forgive me, sisterhood!) we are not expected to wear such courage as … Continue reading

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“Worldliness”

“Worldliness”  My father, the late Henry M. Rosenthal, was the antithesis of a worldly man. “He never made a useful friend,” as someone said who was well placed to know. Speaking at his memorial service, a college classmate recalled, “We … Continue reading

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“Conversations with My Foot”

Conversations with My Foot The other day I got an email from Elmer Sprague, my long-time friend and senior colleague. He’d read “It’s Not Enough to be Intelligent” and heard its distress call. As indeed some other friends had. “Dear … Continue reading

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“Hyper-Idealism and Primitivity”

Hyper-Idealism and Primitivity I’ve been making my way through the spring issue of “The Jewish Review of Books.” It’s far less “in” with the beautiful people than “The New York Review of Books” which commits politicide in prose against the … Continue reading

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“Visitors’ Day”

“Visitors’ Day” As a writer, just now I’m between the last chapter of a revised edition of Conversions: A Philosophic Memoir, and the still-unwritten Afterward and Preface that will provide its new wrapping. As I reviewed (in more detail than … Continue reading

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“Anne Frank”

“Anne Frank” What a triumph that girl brought off!  Through her unassuming, young girl’s diary, the whole world came to share the sorrows and the innocence of the persecuted Jewish people.  Identifying with her was not difficult.  At the time of the … Continue reading

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“All About My Mother”

“All About My Mother” Unlike me, my mother would give advice, solicited and unsolicited.  For example: “Never tell other people your sexual history or how much money you have.  That’s Life Capital.” In the little town in Maine where my … Continue reading

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