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Apr.20.2014
    "Max and I had agreed on books, from Blackboard Jungle through The Stranger.  But then he recommended The Master and Margarita, and I could not get traction.  It was the ‘60s, and our differing preferences in stimulants had already opened a breach that allowed me to put...
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Apr.09.2014
My previously-linked to piece from The Comics Journal six months ago has been republished by First of the Month.  Read all about it (and the company it keeps): New Posts at www.firstofthemonth.org  Read Fredric Smoler & Eugene Goodheart on Crimea, Bob Levin on anti-war EC...
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Mar.30.2014
I've made a first contribution to THE BROAD STREET REVIEW's expanded coverage of upcoming Philadelphia-area events.  You can read it here:  http://broadstreetreview.com/wnwn/slavery-at-monticello-will-it-tell-the-whole-story.  My original, unedited version had a bit more attitude and...
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Mar.26.2014
So my favorite on-line boxing equipment supply site was selling Titanium necklaces, marked down from $29.99 to 99-cents, that's 93% off, a bargain by any measure, even if they weren't supposed to "increase sports performance, relieve pain, relax, nerves and muscle tihtness, improve blood...
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Mar.23.2014
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I was meditating, post-work out, beside the larger of our health club's outdoor pools.  (I am a Reformed Meditator, as in, you know, Reformed Judaism.)  In the wading portion a two- or three-year-old boy was receiving a "Simon-says-put-your-face-in-the-water"-based swimming lesson....
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Mar.22.2014
When I reached the check-out counter at Whole Foods, several pints of Hagen Das were sitting on the metal portion that surrounds the whatchamacallit that slides the food to the checker.  That's a funny place to display ice cream, I thought. Then I looked at the several containers of fresh...
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Mar.01.2014
In the six months between mid-Sept. 2013 and mid-Feb. 2014, during which time I had 17 blogs, I am told I averaged 381 visits to my site, with 228 of these being to my blog.  (So my first question is what were these 153 others doing?  Checking on what I was reading?)  And for the...
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Feb.21.2014
Another BROAD STREET REVIEW writer responded to my piece on the Wellesley public art issue.  (See yesterday's blog.)  You can read what he said here:  http://broadstreetreview.com/cross-cultural/what-is-the-artists-job My question to him was "How long do you have to wait for the '...
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Feb.20.2014
"The latest confirmation of the truth of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s observation 'One man’s justice is another’s injustice; one man’s beauty another’s ugliness; one man’s wisdom another’s folly' comes to us from the shady groves of Wellesley College, where the erection – or, perhaps, I should say “...
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Feb.19.2014
Should Jack Cassidy and Jorma Kaukonen regularly include Will Scarlett when Hot Tuna reconvenes?
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Feb.18.2014
As Freddie Roach teaches, the correct response to a left hook is another left hook, so when you throw one, keep your right up.
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Feb.17.2014
My friend Budd Shenkin, a public health oriented pediatrician, whose opinions on domestic politics, the Middle East, and Philadelphia basketball I rely on nearly as often as he thinks I should, has blogged an extremely interesting view on statistical surveys and national guidelines in the medical...
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Feb.16.2014
She played chess with Marcel Duchamp, nude.  She designed album covers for Linda Ronstadt and the Byrds.  She did drugs with Joan Didion.  She had affairs with Jim Morrison, Steve Martin, Ed Ruscha, and Harrison Ford.  She wrote several books of varying degrees of wonderful; (...
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Feb.15.2014
So I've bought four Chryslers since Super Sunday, how about you? I've been doing my taxes while listening to this Canadian ("pirate," I suppose) radio station on the web, which plays all-Bob, all-the-time, the old, the new, the familiar, the strange.  If you don't already know it, go here:...
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Feb.13.2014
My publisher has confirmed that after a mere 10 years on the market "The Pirates & the Mouse" has sold out, without stating its intent to exercise its option to reprint it.  (I assume the Italian version remains available, but since these rights were acquired for roughly the price of two...
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