Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774
For artist William Steig, it was the essence of freedom
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I remember how surprised I was when I learned, about a decade ago, that the famous New Yorker cartoonist and children's book author and illustrator William Steig hadn't at first wanted to be an artist. Actually, his most sincere desire as a young man was to run off to sea. That wish, of course, makes perfect sense once you think...
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The perfect hamburger makes the perfect chow
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I've been a pretty determined vegetarian for 20 years now. I began the shift in my eating patterns purely out of health concerns. I'd heard about all the things they were doing to beef to make it beefier, and I decided that I really didn't need to ingest any of it. So red meat went the way of all flesh...
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Vitebsk. If the name has a familiar ring, it might be because this was the Byelorussian town where Marc Chagall was born and raised, and that provided him with a magical landscape for much of his art. You may particularly recall the sight of a couple, dressed in their provincial, bohemian finery, flying "Over the Town," as the painting was...
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When he's not investigating certain arcane wrinkles in the religious mystical tradition, Harold Bloom, that ever-prodigious man of letters, seems determined to corner the market on literary criticism through analyses of every conceivable genre. (He has made no secret of the fact that he's an insomniac, which helps explain the vast array of sizable books he's produced throughout his long...
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I am generally opposed on principle to books like Mazel Tov , which is subtitled Celebrities' Bar and Bat Mitzvah Memories . Its bare-bones premise, expressed by the title and its accompaniment, makes it seem like a pure product of the celebrity culture, which will simply pander to the gossipy, People -magazine-loving side of our personalities. These lowest-common-denominator kind of...
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