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Tucson Festival of Books Day One, Saturday March 15, 2014


It started with friends Roz Fox and Connie Flynn picking us up.  They had two boxes of Dunkin Donuts.  All we needed were police uniforms.  (Yes, you can boo me later for the cops and doughnuts analogy.  There is a … Continue reading

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Eastern European Jewish Chartons Everywhere!


Sounds like an invasion.  Growing up, we were led to believe Charton was an unusual surname, except in France. We always figured on the soldier in Napoleon’s Army who deserted.  Last Saturday, when I was doing the research at the … Continue reading

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The Red and the Black.


A literary person will recognize the title from the French psychological novel, The Red and the Black by Stendahl. For the moment, I’m going to use this in a baseball sense.  I just finished watching the Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the … Continue reading

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French Sitcoms in Brooklyn?


French sitcoms in Brooklyn?  I read about this in the New York Times.  The show is called Brooklyn Taxi.  Who wouldda thunk lol!       I am proud I come from Brooklyn.  One American in seven has a Brooklyn … Continue reading

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I Want to Mail Myself.


My friend Lindy Comstock is a linguist at UCLA.  She was packing to head to a conference this morning.  I wished her a safe trip and told her I was considering mailing myself somewhere.  She thought this was funny and … Continue reading

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Cat Attacks!


I read a serious story this morning.  In France, a woman and her dog were attacked by feral cats. I am looking at my two Pandora and Yerbie, and trying to imagine them as attack cats.  Pandora is tough, Yerbie … Continue reading

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David Goldman How Civilizations Die, The Thirty Years War.


I remember learning about the Thirty Years War in Europe as a basic Catholic vs. Protestant.  The argument David P. Goldman makes in How Civilizations Die is more complex.  Two churchmen, who helped to build the French state were Cardinal … Continue reading

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