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Jan.13.2011
(full story: http://wp.me/p1aE2o-x4) Gabrielle Giffords, a moderate young Congresswoman genuinely beloved on both sides of the aisle, lies gravely wounded in an Arizona hospital, her survival a miracle of providence, heroism and modern medicine; six innocent people must be laid to rest, including a...
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Jan.03.2011
 Farewell to "Our Place:" To Locals, NYC's Barnes & Noble-Lincoln Center Was More Than a Bookstore   http://wp.me/p1aE2o-ux
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Dec.29.2010
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 8 Things That Would Be Different—Mostly—If Hillary Clinton Were President. Here's the first one. For a complete list please check out Daily Damocles (my blog for anxious progressives)       http://wp.me/p1aE2o-or   1. Nobody outside Alaska would know the name Sarah Palin   Or...
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Dec.28.2010
Don’t Teach Your Toddler to Walk on the Subway Stairs at Rush Hour! Five Things Doting Urban Parents Do That Can Make a Person Crazy When it comes to children, this otherwise progressive writer is probably a centrist, somewhere to the right of Angelina Jolie and to the left of W.C. Fields. That...
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Dec.28.2010
  Here's an excerpt—click link for more: http://wp.me/p1aE2o-iS In a stunning development, former Alaska governor-turned reality-TV star Sarah Palin has been admitted to Mensa—the society founded in 1946 for persons with IQs “within the upper two percent of the general population.” Many of...
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Apr.07.2009
My life came crashing down one sunny September morning, a few months shy of my fifth birthday, when my mother took me by the hand and amid the dank scent of dewy leaves walked me down Hillside Avenue. With a left on Main Street we passed Wernik’s Pharmacy, Seldow’s stationers and the 5 & 10,...
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Mar.27.2009
     “So, anyway,” Stanley asked. “Why DID you marry me?”      They were folding wash at 2 a.m., wide awake, half-watching Turner Classic Movies. It was Fritz Lang Day and the station aired Clash By Night, the director’s gloomy 1952 Odets adaptation with Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan and Paul...
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Mar.24.2009
    We lived on Robins Place, a couple of streets back from Main, within faint earshot of the Pennsylvania Railroad, whose rumbling commuter and freight trains were touchstones of my youth. The five-bedroom house had two dormers poking like eyes from the roof, which sloped in a wide...
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Mar.13.2009
 It started just below the diaphragm—“butterflies” is the going term but that somehow seems too bucolic. This was more a clenched fist, knuckles pressing, twisting, like the hammy hands of a baker kneading bread. I’d take deep breaths and feel a throbbing, audible and insistent, from my throat up...
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Mar.10.2009
      "So, I guess you’re wondering what I want to talk about. I mean, why else would I be here if I didn’t have—‘issues,’ you call them… right?”    “That is the clinical term, Stanley, yes,” said Dr. Alexandra McCormick, smiling slyly. She looked about 40, on the slender side and tall—...
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Feb.27.2009
    I don’t sleep. Not strictly speaking, obviously, because if I didn’t sleep at all I’d be, in a word, dead. By which I mean dead in the literal, physiological sense, in the way Immanuel Kant is dead or Ronald Colman, as opposed to a looser interpretation—e.g. “Vaudeville is dead,” or...
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Feb.26.2009
Today I learned that one of my last articles for PEOPLE magazine, "An African Boy's Healing Year," was named best general interest feature at the 2009 New York Association of Black Journalists Awards. I share it with reporter Alexandra Fleming and photographer David Butow. I thank my...
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Feb.20.2009
She switched our appointment from Thursdays to Tuesdays, my therapist did, to accommodate the new job. In fact, this is our first session since I lost the old one a little more than two months ago, a casualty of the economic collapse and the slow death of print media. A revered (I thought) writer...
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Feb.04.2009
 25 Random Things About a Life of No Consequence 1. I wrote Ulysses 2. Actually, I never made it through the first chapter 3. Women have always been drawn to me, but seldom attracted to me. Or if they are, they’re doing a very, very good job of hiding it 4. Fortunately one exception was the only...
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