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Posted: Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:24 | Abigail in Love (Maybe)

 Why is it that everyone is paired off?

And it’s not just me who thinks so. Even Percy Bysshe Shelley noticed:

“…Nothing in the world is single.
All things by a law devine
In one another’s being mingle”

He meant divine, of course, but perhaps that was how they spelled it back in the 19th century when he was running around with Lord Byron and lots of petticoated ladies.

Posted: Tue, 05/18/2010 - 16:11 | Political Insider

It's starting to look as if Connecticut may not have two Jewish U.S. senators after all, thanks to yet another politician who believed voters are dolts and journalists are lazy.

Posted: Tue, 05/18/2010 - 15:06 | Well Versed

Nothing like the satisfaction of being right.  Yesterday, in a blog post, I predicted Peter Beinart's piece in The New York Review of Books would ignite a much needed debate.  And by this morning, dozens of media outlooks were linking to it: here, at Jeffrey Goldberg's Atlantic blog, on Ezra Klein's Washington Post blog, and so on. 

Posted: Tue, 05/18/2010 - 11:17 | Abigail in Love (Maybe)

I wasn’t going to re-up my Jdate subscription. I mean, life is disappointing enough. Why add insult to injury by paying for it?

But this one fellow caught my eye. He, with his 1970s moustache and unabashed quest for “love and couplehood and partnership for life,” although since he wrote in Hebrew it is entirely possible that he was actually seeking a lovely roommate who doesn’t mind living with a couple.

Posted: Tue, 05/18/2010 - 09:54 | Route 17

The first day of Shavous is the 250th birthday of one of my best friends, the most spectacular Jew that ever lived, Yisroel Ben-Eliezer. Most folks know him as the Baal Shem Tov, but today I'm calling him Reb Yisroel since that's what his mom and dad called him at the dawn of his life.

(They didn't say "Hi, liitle Besht, I love you, Baal Shem Tov!" They called him Yisroel when they cuddled him and put him to bed at night. I just wanted to send some love to his parents, Eliezer and Sarah, since they gave us so much, and they died when their son was so young.)

Posted: Tue, 05/18/2010 - 07:03 | Political Insider

The best line on the Noam Chomsky affair?  It comes from Atlantic blogger Jeff Goldberg, who came up with this gem:  "Real democracies aren't afraid of ridiculous men like Noam Chomsky."