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Stevieslaw: Why I am not a vacuum cleaner salesman and footnotes

Why I am not a vacuum cleaner salesman* Some people sell vacuum cleaners, door to door. I do not. I was out late last night, celebrating my 15th birthday with Richard Levine1. We set all the garbage cans behind the … Continue reading

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Stevieslaw: Uncle Arthur goes round the bend.

Stevieslaw: Uncle Arthur goes round the bend. I remember it very clearly. It was in February of 1958 that the family convened at my grandma Ada’s apartment on Riverdale Avenue in Brooklyn for an emergency Cousin’s Club meeting. The kids … Continue reading

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Stevieslaw: Bert the Turtle

Stevieslaw: Bert the Turtle Those of us of a certain age remember “Duck and Cover.” In my case, I learned it at PS 165, in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, NY—less than ten miles from a projected ground zero. We … Continue reading

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Stevieslaw: Twittering for Millions

Stevieslaw: Twittering for Millions In my old neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn in the seventies, you couldn’t question anyone above the age of 13 and not learn that making money was easy if you knew someone at the racetrack. Not so … Continue reading

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Stevieslaw: Cousin Myron and the boys of summer.

It was the kind of spring day that has you smiling, singing and whistling in tune with the birds and the bees. The neighborhood children could feel it and, if you were paying attention, you could see it in the … Continue reading

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Stevieslaw: Schoolyard Wisdom

Stevieslaw: Schoolyard Wisdom My cousin, Arty, had the intelligence of a gerbil and the self-confidence of a lion. He liked nothing better than to grab some poor stickball player by his shirt and tell him in great detail what was … Continue reading

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Stevieslaw: Putin Need Not Fear

Stevieslaw: Putin Need Not Fear It took me a few minutes to figure out that the text message was from my excellent Cousin Myron—the frenetic, red headed math whizz and recent Presidential candidate. Myron had not used his usual account. … Continue reading

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