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Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Flying And Diving, Shucking and Jiving — There Is No Other Life But This, But What Is This?

Susan says she is not a religious person, but she has a high regard for religion, and she doesn’t like to see it downgraded or made fun of. And Saul Alinsky, a Chicago “social activist” said that “Seeing is Believing” should be taken a lot more literally.

By Amey Miller June 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Sy’s New York Diary: Amazing Flesh

I read, in the newspaper, about a man who is dragged from his car, knifed repeatedly for the few dollars in his wallet, and left bleeding in the gutter. My mother says her friends don’t go out at night. It’s an old story, old as the city’s tired and dour expression, old as the dry and wrinkled hands of a man trying to remember better days and remembering nothing but bone.

By Sy Safransky June 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Traveler Returns: Home, More Or Less, At Last

Going home, as if home were still a possibility, or, like those other shadowy and relative values of our age — love, honesty, rationality ­ — nothing more than a momentary echo of something past, and nearly forgotten, a smudge on the map, a torn page from the history book, when families stayed put, when the heart was forever, when politicians were statesmen, when faith was an arbiter at the edge of learning rather than a substitute for reason.

By Sy Safransky May 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Learning To Love

Living with and loving kids who never got an even break. I put aside the idea of climbing the mountain together. I read case histories and wonder if I could make even a small impression. Could they learn to love me as I love them? Could they begin to love our brothers and sisters as well? Is it even possible that they could learn to love parents; foster-parents; judges; probation officers; and policemen, who, in their own weakness, do the children so much wrong?

By Ken May 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

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Whether life or its meaning comes first becomes irrelevant

Whether life or its meaning comes first becomes irrelevant. Love is meaning. Life without love is meaningless.

By Blue April 1974
Quotations

Sunbeams

If you cannot bite you cannot kiss. If you cannot curse you cannot bless. Who cannot be a good hater will be a poor lover.

Theodor Reik

March 1974