I first met Barbara in Lyon, France at the 1987 trial of the SS interrogator Klaus Barbie, the infamous so-called “Butcher of Lyon.”
Ian McEwan’s “The Cockroach,” transforms the titular vermin into the Prime Minister.
Apparently, F. Scott Fitzgerald didn’t care about Sheilah Graham’s Jewish background.
They’ve fought Nazi book burnings, American censors, and their governments — all for the sake of freedom and literature.
“I don’t have any doubt that we will do what needs to be done. I don’t know if we will do it in time.”
After years in politics, trying to keep up with the 24-hour news cycle, I found that Judaism offered millions of pages of painstaking commentary.
“Never before had she kept a secret from Yidel; never had she felt so lonely or so powerful.”
“Whether I’m writing about Jews or not, the fact that I’m Jewish determines the nature of the way that I write.”
“It was a driving force for him to strive for the highest level of accomplishment.”
Roald Dahl would have turned 103 today. We wish him happy birthday. And we wish he would have been less of a bigot.3
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