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By Jean Shepherd

Jean Shepherd used to be one in every of America's favourite humorists, his such a lot striking fulfillment being the construction of the indefatigable Ralphie Parker and his quest for a BB gun within the vacation vintage A Christmas Story. yet he used to be a lot more, a comic book Garrison Keillor--like determine whose targeted voice transcended the airwaves and affected an entire iteration of nostalgic americans.

A Fistful of Fig Newtons is vintage Jean Shepherd--sidesplittingly humorous and sardonically irreverent. listed here are Shepherd's wild and wacky adventures, a dozen truer-than-life stories of faculty lifestyles at the G.I. invoice, of "Kidhood" in Hammond, Indiana, of tailgating at the Jersey Turnpike, and of alternative commonplace defeats and humilations. it's a awesome comedian review of yankee life--all of them added in Jean Shepherd's witty, elegant, unforgettable kind.

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Because throughout his life Dˇzenetic´ bought Politika in remembrance of his youth. And today’s Macedonia Street—where the Politika building is situated, used to be called Poincaré Street—I have to tell you that you are wrong. But still you are half right. You discovered that the key is in the name of the street, and not in the person after whom the street was named (had the person been relevant, then this poem could probably be read as Muhamed’s homage to Mayakovsky, who mentions Poincaré in his poem “Kiev”).

How would it be possible to tell them that there are no gods? To take away one or two gods meant to take away two small stones from the foundation of the great pyramid—something almost unnoticeable, but if one kept taking small stones away in the end the pyramid would tumble. Not long after one disloyal Pythagorean spread the fatal fact about the square root of two, that traitor drowned in the sea. Pythagoreans considered this the gods’ punishment. Amenhotep IV was in an even more thankless situation.

The generals were waiting for that moment when they would, under the pharaoh’s command, march toward the borders to confirm Egyptian dominance, but that moment did not come. Akhenaton consciously accepted the crumbling of the empire in the name of peace. This was not just about the pharaoh’s personal indisposition toward war, because had it been, the war could have been led by his command but without the need for his active participation. But to Akhenaton war was a double evil since the deaths in his army as well as in the enemy’s were equally odious.

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