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Rock Out With Your Latke Out

Rock Out With Your Latke Out
By December 15, 2006

When I was growing up, Chanukah seemed like a wan, meaningless holiday, albeit a personally lucrative one. My celebratory memories mostly involve the receipt of Atari 2600 cartridges. Some vestiges of old-neighborhood tradition lingered: Homemade latkes, a bag of gelt, … Read More

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On Not Reading Wordsworth

On Not Reading Wordsworth
By December 12, 2006

What is it about certain books that draw you back to not reading them again and again? I have not read Wordsworth’s “The Prelude” six times. The first time I did not read it was in an undergraduate class on … Read More

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Reefer Dadness

Reefer Dadness
By December 8, 2006

When my son was 18 months old, my best friend from high school came through town on his way to California. He’s a respected physician and my most trusted medical counselor. We went back to my office and looked over … Read More

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Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil
By December 7, 2006

Last week, when the Pulitzer Prize board announced that blog posts are now eligible for the award, blogging officially became as cool as the episode of Life Goes On where Corky lip-synched (and moonwalked to) Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power.” … Read More

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The Masturbatory Allure of Dorothy L. Sayers

The Masturbatory Allure of Dorothy L. Sayers
By November 15, 2006

A while back, I tried to e-mail a document containing the phrase “gimcrack-cum-geegaw,” but a prudish software filter wouldn’t let me. The gauntlet down, I fired off additional objectionables, and the only one that made it through was “quim.” I’m … Read More

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The Quest Begins

The Quest Begins
By November 15, 2006

I’m a bad Jew. I’m also a skinny Jew, an arrogant Jew, a neurotic Jew, an erotic Jew, and even a dirty Jew—at least I’ve been called each of those names more than once in my lifetime. But now, at … Read More

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Are You an Alternaparent?

Are You an Alternaparent?
By November 15, 2006

Before my son, Elijah, was born, in the fall of 2002, I went around trumpeting that I was going to be a “cool” dad, though I had no idea what that meant, exactly, or what effect my determination to be … Read More

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