Monthly Archives: November 2013

God, Torah, Suffering and Death

My last post ended with a quotation from this book, by Rabbi Neil Gillman, Believing and its Tensions, picked up from a display at the local library. As Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh is a strongly Jewish community, this gave me as … Continue reading

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When is a pond an Ocean? Ask Neil Gaiman.

When you are Lettie who has been eleven for a long time. The story is the story of a seven year old boy, now middle aged, who let a “flea” from outside the world into him, and even with the … Continue reading

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Infidel :Moslem women

Ayaan Mirsad Ali is a name I remember from political news. She was a member of the Dutch parliament and a colleague of  Theo van Gogh, who was assassinated because of a joint project they had worked on, about women’s … Continue reading

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Arthur’s legend: Tolkien

The new Tolkien: Christopher, J.R.R. Tolkien’s son, has edited and published his father’s unfinished poem about King Arthur. His ambition was to give the English their own mythology- which he did in the end with Middle Earth and hobbits, elves … Continue reading

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The Invisible Sex

“Homo Ergaster‘s diminished sexual dimorphism” does not  sound like a phrase from a book called The Invisible Sex– but it is. As in Adovasio’s and Page’s earlier book, a chatty style (in spite of the quote above) conveys a whole … Continue reading

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Women’s Lives.

My hard drive died. But I kept reading- four novels about women’s lives, in very different settings: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier, Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin, The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby and Cleaner Of Chartres by … Continue reading

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