Mickey Pearlman

The Schoolteacher and the Government’s Watch List

ere’s a little story about a close friend of 32 years.A 61-year-old grandmother with an Ivy League masters degree, she teaches fifth grade at a fancy private school in Englewood, N.J. She also does after-school tutoring and has been caught, on more than one occasion, venturing out in a snowstorm to help yet another over-indulged, panicking

Sappho’s Secrets

Sappho, who dates from the 7th century BCE, is considered by many scholars to be one of the world’s greatest love poets, the woman who “gave us the metaphors for passion — ‘I burn for you’ [and] ‘love is a fire’ —lines which people have been recycling for 2,600 years, without knowing who wrote them,” said novelist Erica Jong.