Magazine article The Christian Century

Reading the Mail

Magazine article The Christian Century

Reading the Mail

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Oddments, anomalies, curiosa and fragments find their way to our mailbox. Here are some samples: Our favorite correction, from First Things (April 1994), was noted in a letter from Edward T. Oakes, S.J.: "A typographical error crept into my review of Love and Friendship by Allan Bloom. A quotation from Bloom is transcribed as: 'Reading Freud is the most neurotic experience one could imagine.' The word neurotic is a misprint. The original reads: 'Reading Freud is the most unerotic experience one could imagine.'" I wish Oakes would have let well enough alone.

For the Interesting Vocations category, we took note of June DiSalvo of St. Louis, who was asked by USA Today, "Why do you think drug use is increasing?" She was identified as an "epistemologist." She should know. We also found an obituary of a doctor who had specialized in "hematology and ontology." He should be.

In a letter Bruce O. Boston reminisces about his time in 1964 and 1965 as a Presbyterian volunteer youth worker in Malawi. "One morning, there was great excitement in Blantyre.... A huge tent was being erected on a vacant lot, and posters were going up all over town announcing an evangelistic crusade. Later the same afternoon, I was introduced to the evangelist and his wife - both Americans. …

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