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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 12, 2012/ 22 Sivan, 5772

Ray Bradbury, RIP

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The news filtered through the great publishing companies, the fan clubs, the writers' guilds. Through the staffs of the few sci-fi pulps and fantasy magazines left. Through the minds of old readers who were once young and still couldn't escape his spell. Through the quiet summer haze settling over the American prairies. Through the deep canyons of crowded cities yearning to breathe free. In the African veldt. The news of his death would even make it to other worlds, delivered by space capsule, and one Earth day become part of Martian chronicles. The news would be related sadly, wistfully, with a sigh and yet a smile, the smile that a good memory brings.

The young would ask who he was, and why word of his death should invoke such a sigh in the old. The old would only think again of those endless summer afternoons when the world still seemed empty and only a story of his existed, engulfing them to the exclusion of all else. As it had engulfed him. The man stayed drunk on writing all his life, and intoxicated the rest of us, those who were lucky enough to encounter his stories.

Was it really science fiction he wrote, when space travel is no longer fiction, or fantasy when Fahrenheit 451 has become ingrained as official state policy in every tyranny that ever was and is ever to come? He is gone now, but he will still be read surreptitiously from Damascus to Beijing. And wherever they burn books before, inevitably, burning people. He would never grow dated, having moved into the future long ago. Scholars might turn up their noses at the mention of his name, but they would read him nevertheless, his books hidden between the covers of their plodding texts where no light ever shines.

They say he wrote fiction, but that is only a technical category in some Dewey Decimal System of the cataloguing mind. Fiction is not the same as false. Quite the contrary. Fiction is the true in a different way, a deeper way often enough. As he demonstrated.

They say his writing was simple, and it was, but that's not the same as simplistic. He was simple the way the power of simple words can be. He was easy to read, but that doesn't guarantee those whose prose is complex enough to require footnotes and commentaries and whole departments of literature have anything to say. The man simply wrote, and wrote simply.

The news came Wednesday: Ray Bradbury is gone. But something tells me he will stay.

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