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            What distinguishes ‘us’ from ‘them’, we learnt in the bomb-shelter era, is ‘the rule of law’.  We’ve got it; they don’t.            Watching foundations and universities over a…

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            Every evening before her sons’ bedtime, my mother read to us.  She also read to us while nursing my youngest brother of the moment.  Even after I was…

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            But for its stellar cast and director, ‘Night Train to Munich’ (1940) would be just another ill-plotted British flag-waver with a couple of very good bits.            The…

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             A new favorite writer offers a respite from our steamy weather:            Now it is snowing, one of the terrific storms that first mute and then obliterate the…

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            Night before last, I slowly made headway through the humidity after stuffing my hold at Annapurna.  As I passed St. John the Evangelist in North Cambridge, my eyes…

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