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January 31, 2010


This obit from the Onion might indeed have been crafted by one of your cousins...


Beth, thank you. You make me see myself for what I am, an illiterate - insofar as literature capital "L" is concerned - hooting at books. Not a pretty sight! Good for you for loving literature. BTW, your year's reading list blew me away and I was mortified at the thought of you somehow peeking over my shoulder to see my shriveled list.

I had to use Google to prompt my memory but the Jewish family I responded to in books in high school was the Soloveys in Alfred Kazin's "Walker in the City". Wow I loved that book, though I can scarcely remember a thing about it. It must just have had a feel to it.

Have you seen this, regarding Salinger?


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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.