Saturday, August 23, 2014 Av 27, 5774
The tale of a family that stayed together, no matter what
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Back in January, I reviewed a Holocaust book titled Paper Kisses and began with a single sentence: "This is the saddest story I have ever heard." That happens to be the first line of Ford Madox Ford's great novel The Good Soldier , about the devastating effects of love, passion and a terrible deception. The line works perfectly in Ford's...
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I have often said that some of the finest expository prose being produced in this country appears with regularity on the obituary pages of The New York Times . The paper's wide-ranging death notices, written with great authority and aplomb, in a style that strikes just the right balance between facts and fanciful phrasing, praise and critical reasoning, read like...
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Now playing left flanken for the Philadelphia Eaters ... No, don't expect to see Dave Lieberman on the playing field at the Linc anytime soon -- unless it's decked out with a linen tablecloth and upright chairs -- if not uprights. Spike the ball? Maybe the punch, but, please, only with a good Pinot. Philly native son Lieberman is the...
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It was a dreary morning in Amsterdam -- the date was Nov. 4, 2004 -- when 26-year-old Mohammas Bouyeri, a Moroccan Dutchman wearing a gray raincoat and prayer hat, shot and killed Theo van Gogh, the great-grandnephew of the famous painter, while the filmmaker was riding his bicycle. Witnesses, shocked by this random-seeming burst of violence, said that they were...
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Author examines why hereditary diseases persist
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Rita Charleston, JE Feature
When just 15 years old, he noticed that his grandfather, a Holocaust survivor suffering from Alzheimer's disease, seemed to feel better after giving blood. He had a nagging feeling that somehow the two were linked, and so the young boy went to his grandfather's doctors to voice his suspicions. But he was turned away. They told him to go home,...
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