Almost a Foreign Country: A Personal Geography in Columns and Aphorisms

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Manfred Wolf, Nov 1, 2008 - Literary Collections - 376 pages
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Is it time to negotiate with bin Laden? Is lying about sex ever-or perhaps often-a good idea? To what extent do religion and culture shape the ways in which we communicate? What is the mysterious syndrome called CHOIS, with which many long-time pessimists suddenly find themselves diagnosed? Delve into this intriguing collection to find out the answers to these questions, and many more.In Almost a Foreign Country, a collection of columns, articles and aphorisms, Manfred Wolf brings his unique perspective to bear on a broad range of aspects characterizing our current reality and the way we live now. From love and the relationships between men and women to time and aging, from current political and social issues to the ever-changing face of language-Wolf tackles them all, often combining humor with a sharp, somber perception of the issues that concern us all. His point of view is always unflinching, original, and unapologetic.Manfred Wolf is a university professor, a widely published writer and a world traveler who has spent time in several very different cultures. Almost a Foreign Country provides its readers the unique opportunity to spend some time in his company and enjoy the many pleasures of his experience, wit, and always fascinating opinions.
 

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Contents

To See Ourselves as Others See Us
23
SelfCriticism vs Habitual SelfDisparagement
29
Appearances and Realities
35
All Kinds of Love
43
A Valentines Day Story
49
The Mysterious Case of the Available Man
56
Related Aphorisms
62
West of the Westernmost Point
65
As American as Apple Pie or as Dr Strangelove
173
Generalizations about Them and Us
179
Related Aphorisms
185
World of Immigrants
217
Identity and Family
223
Places in the Mind
241
At Long LastA Diagnosis
261
Diplomacy and Listening
267

Canting
71
Related Aphorisms
78
Remembering the Mens Movement
85
Schooldays in
91
What Technology Cant Do for Us
98
The Plague Years
104
Related Aphorisms
110
Standard English?
117
The Language Again
123
Dos and Donts of Conversation
129
Scene from a Marriage
136
At the Intersection
141
American Habits and Styles
167
Political Notes
273
The Democratic Party and the Culture Wars
279
Lies Lies Lies
285
Stand on Israel
291
Coming to Terms with the Holocaust
299
On the Death of Helen Colijn
305
September 112001
311
A Story for the Season
321
Is a Good Deed Less Good When Unkindly Done?
327
Related Aphorisms
335
A Melancholy Poem about Love and Aging
341
Random Thoughts on Growing Old
347
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