Monday, September 05, 2005

Talk About Breadth

We all know Stephen Dubner as the co-author of Freakonomics from which we might infer that he is a cold-hearted man, interested in the defined truths of social science, or minimally soul-free straight journalism. Turns out, he is also the author of a well-received memoir about his religious journey: raised by devout Catholic parents, he learned (fully realized) that they were both Brooklyn Jews who had converted to Catholicism; this started his discovery of what we non-practicing Jews call "cultural Judaism." It certainly is rare to write a book like that and a book like "Freakonomics."

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