Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774
"New York had all the iridescence of the beginning of the world," wrote novelist and short story writer F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1932 of the city that would forever be the embodiment of his dreams. David Stravitz, the author and compiler of the clear, crisp photography that fills New York, Empire City, 1920-1945, recently published by Abrams, uses the Fitzgerald...
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These days, Michael Eisner sounds exactly like a member of my family. Let me explain. A few weeks ago, I noted that I was not a great fan of sleepover camps, but that my opinion was anomalous - and I needed to look no farther than my wife and three children (and lots of other relatives) to prove my point,...
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Vivian Gussin Paley, a longtime kindergarten teacher and author with a score of titles to her credit, made her mark as an educator by telling stories to the young and getting their reactions. Sometimes, the children would share stories with her, then act them out, an exercise that Paley heartily encouraged, insisting in her published works that it benefited a...
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Back in January, the "Science Times" section of The New York Times ran an article proclaiming 2005 to be "Einstein's year." The writer, Dennis Overbye, began the piece with a quote from one of the great scientist's letters. "What are you up to, you frozen whale, you smoked, dried, canned piece of soul?" Thus did Albert Einstein, just 26 years...
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I blame it all on Nathan Englander. As you may recall, this precocious writer published a collection of short stories six years ago called For the Relief of Unbearable Urges. I wrote then that I didn't think I'd ever heard more hoopla, from both a publisher (in this case Alfred A. Knopf) and the media, for a first book of...
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