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As a Jew, I faced many challenges growing up in the predominantly Jewish suburb of my childhood. The others mocked my meager middle-upper-middle class status, themselves fortunate enough to have been born members of the upper-upper-middle class elite. I was seldom invited to play Debtors and Creditors (the semitic equivalent of Cowboys and Indians), and by high school I found myself left in the dust when it came to all the usual preoccupations of adolescence, like sex, […]

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As enjoyable as my last visit to Hoboken, New Jersey was, I couldn’t help but notice that the city seemed to suffer from a disappointing paucity of actual hobos. This time, though, I breathed a sigh of relief: not two minutes after my arrival, I was approached by an obviously homeless gentleman who, while insisting he wasn’t homeless, asked me for 50 cents. I gave him a quarter instead, for although it’s a matter of common courtesy […]

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