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“So long, Burt. We’re all going to miss you. That’s me speaking for the whole world. (At least the whole world of a certain age.)
You don’t mind my going by your first name, right? I mean: We never met in person, and if we had, I’d have minded my manners at the start and addressed you as “Mr. Reynolds.” That’s how my late mother raised me — and, by the way, she loved watching you at work, too.
But even as I’m imagining it, that seems wrong somehow. Because for as long as I’ve known you — and that’s practically my whole life, albeit only through screens of various sizes — I’ve felt as though we’d be such good friends from the start and I could call you “Burt” without flinching.
From there, I always guessed we could kick back and I’d start asking you about your long, roller coaster of a career. No matter what room we were in, we’d be there for days as I got your takes on people as varied as Jim Brown, Johnny Carson, Raquel Welch, Roger Moore, Quentin Tarantino, Jackie Gleason, Clint Eastwood, Dean Martin, Elizabeth Taylor, Howard Cosell, Tammy Wynette, Jon Voight and many, many more.”
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Israel has fought in a number of wars since the Yom Kippur war in 1973. But not a single one of them so deeply threatened the existence of the Jewish State, and the national trauma still remains.
As the first Emmy Awards Ceremony in the post #MeToo era, diversity was supposed to be the theme of the evening. But measuring diversity at an awards show is no easy feat.
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“To be alive and online in our time is to feel at once incensed and stultified by the onrush of information, helpless against the rising tide of bad news and worse opinions.”
Reciting “The Pledge of Allegiance” at school is so common as to be taken for granted in American schools. The truth is, it’s not that common. And we haven’t always done it.
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It’s not uncommon today for parents to empower their children with more choices. For the parents of almost-three-year-old Naya, gender is just another thing their letting their kid decide.
“First came the cauliflower steaks, thick vegetal slabs, roasted and served like cruciferous T-bones. Then there was Buffalo cauliflower, breaded and fried and generally chicken-shaped.”
Climate change can be difficult to document. That's why scientists and journalists traveled to Greenland to study the slow transformation of ice. Follow the link to see the stunning photos of a landscape in flux.
Jews have had a state for seventy years. It has been just about as long since the end of the Holocaust. Globally speaking, antisemitism is down. But it doesn’t always feel that way.