Rafael Alvarez



365 Blank Pages

365 Blank Pages

New Year/New Journal           “Bellow gets Nobel Prize, I win $24.25 in poker.” — Bernard Malamud journal entry, October 21, 1976 For the past 40 years or so — from about the time Malamud was crying in his poker chips — I have kept a personal...

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My First Rabbi

My First Rabbi

My favorite teacher at the old Jesuit college I attended in Baltimore was a Jewish Shakespeare scholar named Thomas E. Scheye, Ph.D. I never got around to studying “The Merchant of Venice” with him, but of Shylock he said, “What makes Shakespeare so remarkable is he...

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