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‘Unorthodox’ Author Tells the Story of Her Life and Her Journey to Berlin

In this interview on DW, Deborah Feldman tells the story of her life as an ultra-orthodox Jew and her rejection of Hasidic traditions. Her book, ‘Unorthodox,’ inspired the Netflix series of the same name. What comes through loud and clear in this insightful interview is the ongoing multigenerational trauma of the Holocaust. One of the […]

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We Actually Know What We Should Eat – WSJ

Mark Bittman and David L. Katz writing in The Wall Street Journal: The truth is that all good diets feature one or another balanced assemblage of wholesome, real foods—mostly plants. Even now, with our instincts suppressed, we know what a good diet is. We picture chickpeas, not Doritos; pinto beans, not jelly beans; broccoli, not […]

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Audiobook: ‘The Liberation of Paris’

The Liberation of Paris is a gripping book that is packed full of interesting details about Nazi-occupied Paris and its last commander Dietrich von Choltitz. At the end of WWII, Adolf Hitler ordered Choltitz to hold Paris, but if that wasn’t possible, to destroy it. Although General Choltitz had been very loyal to Hitler, he […]

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Coronavirus: Helpful Podcast

The On the Media podcast interviews author and science journalist Laurie Garrett, author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance about the spread of COVID-19. I found it helpful, although I prefer hearing from scientists rather than journalists. Garrett was a consultant for the gripping, educational and entertaining 2011 […]

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The great aim of every human being

[T]he great aim of every human being is to understand the meaning of total love. Love is not found in someone else, but in ourselves; we simply awaken it. But in order to do that, we need the other person. The universe only makes sense when we have someone to share our feelings with. Paulo […]

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Book Review: ‘Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light’

I stumbled across Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light while preparing to visit Paris again, a city I have loved for almost 40 years. The author, David Downie, is an American who has lived in Paris since 1986. He loves Paris deeply and knows it far better than I do. The walk begins at France’s gigantic […]