September 1, 2011

Americans don’t know Tony Judt. But they should. His untimely death was a great loss to, well, thinking.


by Tony Judt

I suffer from a motor neuron disorder, which constitutes progressive imprisonment without parole. First you lose the use of a digit or two; then a limb; then and almost inevitably, all four.

Girls! Girls! Girls!
In 1992 I was chairman of the History Department at New York University - where I was also the only unmarried straight male under sixty. A combustible blend: prominently displayed on the board outside my office was the location and phone number of the university’s Sexual Harassment Center.

I never knew Toni Avegael, but I am reminded of her whenever I am asked what it means to be Jewish.

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