By Saul Bellow
You take a seat at dinner with captivating humans in a eating room like all different. but you recognize that your hostess has misplaced a son and that her sister misplaced teenagers within the 1973 conflict. A truth of Jewish lifestyles left unchanged via the construction of a Jewish kingdom is that, "You can't take your correct to like for granted".
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How did he get his power, anyway? We go over the usual points. Without a real base, he has the wizard exotic aura of the clever Jew, the Jud Suss, the financial manager or business agent of small German princedoms. He has a bold hand, he is cagey, he is a jet-setter, a glamour-lover, and a publicity expert. He seems to understand that since television has created an entertainment culture in the United States, you must join the entertainment world if you have no other power base, becoming something of a star.
The ship lay unloaded and demurrage fees mounted-in brief, a holdup by local racketeers. The same everywhere, now. Everybody has some con going, says John, who loves American slang. The home office in Haifa was trying to get protection from the insurance company. There were long days in port with nothing to do. The town was covered in potash dust. Waiters and bartenders wiped dishes and glasses continually. Brushing at dust was the commonest gesture in town. A community of about twenty thousand people had traffic jams worthy of Rome, cars as a matter of course rushing into the reserved bus lanes, screwing everything up and honking madly.
He has, besides, the gold crowns of Russian dental art. Criminals released from prison during the war served in his company. Nota has no swagger but he is war-hardened. There was no food sent to the front lines. You ate frozen potatoes, you foraged, and you stole. You could depend on your criminal soldiers to bring in provisions. “I myself had absolute authority to kill anyone in my command. At my discretion. No explanations necessary,” says Nota. We are first cousins but he is Russian, I am an American, and in his Russian ,eyes an American is amiable, good natured, attractive perhaps, but undeveloped, helpless: all that Dostoevski was to his fellow convict the murderer.