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Forsyth’s “A Short History of Drunkenness”: The Importance of Handling the Buzz

Americans in Paris celebrate the repeal of the 18th Amendment. Unknown /w New York Times, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons, 1933. Who would think to write a history of drunkenness, and what is there to say?   That’s what I thought when I ran across this bizarre little book, but as it turns out, people have

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“The Pickup” Picks Up the Story: Nadine Gordimer’s Take on the Post Apartheid Generation in South Africa

Why I Read The Pickup A couple of weeks ago, I found myself with a hole in my scheduled where an installment of “Bedtime Short Stories” was supposed to go, and I wasn’t sure that I was going to have time to read something new. I had a brainwave and decided to go with Nadine

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