Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

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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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Pucker up with this tart ingredient
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
I adore rhubarb in all its various forms. As a child, growing up in the far north Scottish islands, I would stab a fresh-plucked, ruby-red stick into the sugar bowl and scrunch it in my mouth to release the sweet-sour juices. Lacking other summer fruits, my mother poached tiny chunks in a clove-scented syrup, put up pots of thick crimson...
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There's something about the smell of freshly baked bread and its wonderful flavor that brings joy to a home. Baking your own might seem a complex process requiring great effort or skill. But really, it's not -- and it's well worth the effort. The Secret of Challah , by Shira Wiener and Ayelet Yifrach, contains lots of recipes for that...
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'The Queen' writer, playwright now poses 'Frost/Nixon' as a compelling tale of the tapes
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Of writing royalty and royalties: From "The Queen" to "The Last King of Scotland" to the imperial presidency of Richard M. Nixon, writer/raconteur Peter Morgan courts jesters and palace potentates with the aplomb of an insider with insight. On a filmic first-name basis with Queen Elizabeth and "Idiot" Amin -- two real-life "regals" who captured Oscars just two months ago...
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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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