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A JOY ALL ITS OWN

The principal pleasure that parenthood provides is that it allows us as adults to examine those, shall we say, unsavory aspects of ourselves in another human being. These aspects, possibly because they are unsavory, may otherwise go unnoticed or even be indulged in as part of the cherished self-image that almost anybody with a "healthy" ego can be said to possess. 
You might think it's cute to be messy, or ditzy, or clumsy, but when a person who is not you fails to cap the toothpaste or leaves his dirty underwear in the bathroom sink, or is always slamming doors or breaking dishes, or smacks her gum or slurs her words when she drinks too much - those traits which, when exhibited by your person, you feel only add to your charm, suddenly become quite a chore when exemplified by another. 

But if that person is your own flesh and blood, an extension of you, an "evolution of your soul," as my own mother was wont to put it, then you may be less likely to react to these…

BLISS ALWAYS IS

I just love reading philosophical novels, don't you? Especially those with word counts under 50,000. Books of such minute length lend themselves to an evening's read-through, and I've always believed that the best stories, at least the ones that impact me most greatly, are those which I am able to digest in a single sitting. Finish a book even one day after you began reading it and some of its message is, if not lost, then diluted. This is probably why my work as a writer of both fiction and non mirrors my taste as a fan.

With its endearing mixture of brevity and profundity, Blatty's novel The Ninth Configuration perfectly suits my liking. The title derives from a protein molecule from which life on Earth supposedly spontaneously appeared. This molecule, "of a certain dissymetrical configuration, the configuration point nine," is so rare that its appearing on Earth "would require ten to the two hundred and something-power billions of years - a number with…

AMERICA IS WATCHING

Excerpted from a local newspaper, October 15, 20–

A deathly pall descended on the Jolly Inn where early yesterday a.m. the body of former Miss USA Novella St. Bernard, 25, was found in the room she had called home for the previous two months while filming the reality television series “Top Doc.” Despite poor ratings, the show had elevated Ms. St. Bernard to celebrity status as the only female, and it is curious to note, the contest’s points leader at the time of her demise. The cause of death is not yet known, and it is unclear whether the show will survive the passing of its darling star.  We here at The Sun extend our sincerest condolences to the deceased’s family, friends, and fans....
* T.V. commercial prior to season premiere of “Top Doc” (September, 20–):

You’ve seen The Real World and America’s Next Top Model. Maybe you’re a fan of shows like Scrubs and Grey’s Anatomy. If you’re nodding your head right now then “Top Doc” is the show for you!
“Top Doc” brings together seven of Americ…