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Susannah Heschel Explains the Orange

In the early 1980s, the Hillel Foundation invited me to speak on a panel at Oberlin College. While on campus, I came across a Haggadah that had been written by some Oberlin students to express feminist concerns. One ritual they devised was placing a crust …

Communication is its own form of hacking. You find out what the recipient responds to, makes time for, and then is convinced to act on.

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  • good for tweets, anything quotable
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I want to make the prepositions dance


What I hate about the time change is that for about a month I become that guy at the bar who says, “Well, actually, the fundamental problem is that we’re in the wrong time zone to begin with.”

breakfast looks
coffee smells:
better than it tastes

Saturday Night Fever

So he twirled in irregular circles, his arms twining and unfurling about his neck, vaguely as if he were trying to strangle himself. And the Faces at the bar, without even seeming to look, began to snigger.

sitting in rooms
waiting for things

Not Waving but Drowning

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he’s dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

It’s normal to try to put new information in a frame that you already know

nothing happens
all at once
everything does

Romance de la luna

—Huye luna, luna, luna.
Si vinieran los gitanos,
harían con tu corazón
collares y anillos blancos.

The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.