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January 11, 2012


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I would direct one and all who would venture into luminous afterthought to "get down" with walter kirns "Bible Study" on his blog at

This from his first installment: "At last I understand: the Eden story in Genesis is about a drug bust and its aftermath."

Another marvelous post. Thank you. RPB. I have, by coincidence, begun not one but several recent pieces with a Rabbi (or Rebbe or Rev but not one named Elimelekh, truly a beautiful name, meaning I believe "Lord King, though I'll have top check that). Mention of Columbia's rare book library at 114th Street recalls me to a place I once knew well: I was in the class of '70 at the College. When were you there? Bill, I will certainly follow your suggestion. Eden allegorized as a drug bust and its aftermath is rich. -- DL

Hi David, thanks again! Our trip happened in the summer of 1999.

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