Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774
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Ever since grade school, Barbara Klein Moss has had a preoccupation with the notion of an "Edenic" place - a personal Garden of Eden, where an idealized environment affords one a peaceful inner life. The theme has surfaced often in her fiction. Now, thanks to a recent grant, she has taken a step closer to her own paradise, which she...
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Describing the American experience of black meets white
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As a young boy, I was fortunate in a number of ways. When life at my house became overwhelming and unbearable, I was permitted by a wonderful family two doors down to escape and find solace at their home. My two best friends, twin boys, lived there, but more important, I was always welcomed by their mother, father and sisters,...
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I love running across magazines and books I've never heard of before. But though it's exhilarating in one sense, there's a measure of frustration to it as well. I'm always a little miffed that I allowed something to get by me. Still, if the item I've come across proves to be a real find, then the frustration dissipates, and I...
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Just about two months ago, The New York Times published one of the most fascinating - and nontraditional - obituaries it's run in years. The headline, which looked more like the type that would accompany a news story and not a death notice, read: "A Nazi Past, a Queens Home Life, an Overlooked Death." It seems that Hermine Braunsteiner Ryan,...
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All the secrets of a tortured talent told at last
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Henry Roth lived one of the most astonishing writer's lives of the 20th century, though, ironically, the most salient feature of the life was that not much writing was actually done during the bulk of it. As those conversant with literature know, Roth, his first time up at bat, wrote one of the great novels of the American Jewish experience...
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