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The Body Problem

The Body Problem Some years back, a path-breaking feminist book was published bearing the title, Our Bodies/Our Selves.  It included black and white photos of stuff that I was not liberated enough to inspect too closely.  I would have titled … 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 Drama of the World

The Moral Drama of the World It’s Erev Rosh Ha Shana (the eve of the Jewish New Year 5777) and here I am, not in synagogue tonight, because I have a column to script. Likewise tomorrow I’ll be late for … Continue reading

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Self-Acceptance

Self-Acceptance This is the season of deck-swabbing and deck-clearing, if you are Jewish. I tend to say that, at best, I am “Jewish in the head.” By that I mean: having tried a wide range of belief systems, I came … Continue reading

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“Agent”

“Agent” I may have a literary agent. At least, it’s suddenly a possibility. What happened was this. Every Friday I repair to a genuinely French café in a nearby town where I review the last six days and pull it … Continue reading

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“It’s Cancer!”

“It’s Cancer!” Years ago, Esquire magazine ran an article on the state of cancer research and treatment.  It included this line: “When you’re playing against the Big Casino, the odds are with the House.” I don’t know whether I thought … Continue reading

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