Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775
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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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What camp brings to mind
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I had a terrible overnight camp experience. I like to blame it on the camp itself. My father, not wishing to have to spend too much money to send my brother and me to the Poconos, found a YMCA camp that did everything on the cheap. The bunks were spartan, the plumbing ancient (the toilets overflowed into the bunk at...
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"Manuscript" is scripted with stolen moments. Literary larceny is what playwright Paul Grellong makes book on here, turning writers into turncoats and reading the riot act to those who would pass off what is another's as theirs. If there is a sense of irony in this iron-willed drama, it is that director Bob Balaban, a balabust of originality, is helming...
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