My Valentine’s Day present: this morning, at the Y, I started chatting with Audrey. Audrey is a favourite of everyone there; she’s in her late 70’s or early 80’s, fashionable with hilarious cat’s eye glasses, always full of cheer. “Do you want to see my tattoo?” she asked. I sure did. I helped her off with a few layers, including a stiff brace she has to wear to support her spine, and she showed me – a beautiful red heart on her left arm, just below the shoulder, with MEF printed through the middle.
Dear Professor Kaplan,
Many thanks for your email—it would be a great opportunity to be able to think of doing a paperback version of your book! Not only was the scholarship superb but there are great reviews we could put on the new back cover.
I wish to be addressed as Professor Kaplan from now on, please. They haven’t actually said they will, but it looks good. I sent this note to my new Yiddishist friend Ruth, in Texas, and she wrote back asking if she should post a review on Amazon. I said sure, if you’d like to, and this is what she wrote: