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Why I’m Not a Jewish Secularist

THREE THINGS ARE CONSTITUTIVE OF MY BEING: being a Brooklynite, being a Jew, and being an atheist. The first gives me a place, my family having been in Brooklyn for over a century; the second gives me a history and an existential situation in society, an alterity that I happily assume; and the third a […]

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People of the Book 101: Paul Auster and J.M. Coetzee

“Correspondence” or Correspondence? by Mitchell Abidor It’s a sad truth that nevermore will we have access to the drafts of great novels, since almost all are now written on computers, which swallow up the old once it’s revised. Nor will we ever again have the likes of the five thick volumes of Flaubert’s correspondence, or […]

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My Son the Homeland Security Threat

A Confiscated Computer at the U.S.-Canadian Border by Mitchell Abidor The hearing in the case of Abidor v. Napolitano was held at the federal courthouse in downtown Brooklyn on July 8th, 2011. The Abidor in the case was my son Pascal; the Napolitano, Janet Napolitano, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security; the lawyer for the plaintiff, […]

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