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January 09, 2014


A nice touch to see a front page obituary -- or at least a link to the copious text of the obituary -- of this writer in the NY Times since he (unless I missed it) has not otherwise been referenced in that journal for twenty or thirty years. "There is within me/That which shall tire/Time and death/And breathe when I expire." -- George Gordon, Lord Byron

Byron always apposite. Also consider the irony that he went, in December 2013, to a hospital called Beth Israel for treatment. I love the word "Jew" when it is used as an adjective, as in "Jew Congressman" ("The Godfather") or the implicit "Jew doctor" in this context.

Every word in Godfather is sacred, kind of like Torah, even the white spaces between the words. "I believe in America."

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