New Literary Hit for Sam Levenson: 'In One Era and Out the Other'
While he was writing "In I vived the jump into the
One Era and Out the Other" moon-walk generation.
(Simon and Schuster), Sam
Like his "Everything but
Levenson became a grandfa- Money," which made plenty
of it, "In One Era" brings
ther for the first time.
It was the kind of timing back the joys and pains of a
one would expect from a sea- time when you could buy a
soned performer like Leven- whole fresh chicken, feet in-
son, whose new book reflects cluded, and look forward to
the amazement of a Depres- its reincarnation through the
sion era child who has sur- soup pot.
Today, mourns Levenson:
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"Mama's chicken has been
dismembered. It has been
18—Friday, August 3, 1973
neatly disjointed and all its
. Reserve now for
organs sorted out and filed
into plastic see-through bags.
The young housewife has
been spared the bloody or-
deal of chicken surgery.
Chicken can now be bought
For every reason... in parts. Anyone can create
his own version of a chicken
In every season'
out of a do-it-yourself chick-
en. kit. Put together two
heads, one eye, three breasts,
four feet, add a mandolin,
and you've got yourself an
original poultry Picasso."
If Levenson tends to ro-
manticize a period that must
have been, at the best of
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times, uncomfortable, we can
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forgive him. A poor boy, he
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wedding of yesterday ("For
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our honeymoon we went to
Manhattan, by subway to the
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Sheraton Hotel, where for
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$3.75 a night we were given
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a large bedroom with two
beds. Wow! Two beds! My
bride had the opposite reac-
AT THE PINES
No obligation of any kind required to an-
tion. 'Oh no, oh no!' She
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turned toward the wall and
began to cry. I couldn't un-
derstand. 'What's the mat-
ter? Isn't it nice?' It's very
nice, but I thought we were
going to have the room all to
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"This is the ceremony
candles in their hair, hum- his love for Mama, that his mothers passed on such lega-
ming mystic hymns to the public 'love shmove' was cies to their children.
first rays of the rising sun only a cover-up for his pri-
In those days, every moth-
as they strike the motorcycle vate embarassment? I left er was pinching pennies,
reflectors . . . "
my bride, walked over to Pa- practicing a finesse with the
Although his mother died pa, and put my arms around grocery man and the butcher
shortly after Sam's Bar Mitz- him. He kissed me for the that a Wall Street broker
va, she fills his recollections. first time in my life, and we would envy. And yet:
At his wedding, Sam was broke into tears. We, who
"An old lady came by every
surprised to hear the rabbi had hardly talked together, day pushing an even older
pronounce the name of "the were now crying together." baby carriage on the seat of
We seriously doubt that which was a tray of strange
departed Rebecca Levenson"
in his benediction.
Levenson is as disenchanted notions intended not for us
"I didn't know whether with modern apurtenances as kids but for our mothers—
tradition or Papa had calted he appears to be in his book. spools of thread, scissors,
for it, but there it was, a But in his exaggeration is clothespins, matches . . . She
prayer of mourning for Ma- , some truth, and, anyway, he
m a, who was n) longer with could be right when he says: had no name because she
us. My brothers and sister "I have seen wealthy fami- had no specific merchandise.
She wasn't a man, and you
knew that Mama was the lies sitting around in luxuri- couldn't call her 'our lady of
bond that tied us all togeth- ous homes pale and hungry, the bobbins,' but the women
er. Yet none of us, not even waiting for the dinner to always 'took from her' be-
No aisle. Aisles represent the Papa, had had the courage thaw."
cause she was a widow, 'even
rigid unilateralism of tradi- to mention the word 'Mama'
The humorist occasionally if she costs a penny more.'
tion. Just a circle of friends that day. It was Papa who
seated on the grass in the had asked for the prayer. turns off the humor to be- A widow lady, Mama used
park at dawn, with lighted Was it possible that after all come serious, as when he say, 'comes even ahead of
we're going to have, Mother. these years he was declaring quotes "an old cousin," Moses grocery man.' "
Maimonides, on the eight lev-
Levenson laments the loss
els of charity. It reflects a of that sweet simplicity. If
compassion that Mrs. Leven- only for 190 short pages, he
When Taping Fascinates
son instilled in her son—just brings it back in this delight-
By DAVID SCHWARTZ
haven't it so bad. You are as so many other Jewish ful account. —C.D.
(Copyright 1973 JTA, Inc.)
President of a big country,
It was said of Ben-Gurion but I am president of a na- I
when he was prime minister tion of presidents."
—at least in the beginning—
We know that Weizmann
that whenever anyone came said that to Truman because
to talk with him he would Mrs. Weizmann has so re-
take notes, writing down ported. But did Truman say
what the person said.
There was one difference
Truman said, "Look who's
from the White House tap- talking! Have you got any
ing: the person saw Ben- Republicans to deal with in
Gurion writing down his Israel like I have? I have
words. Ben-Gurion's explan- no trouble with the Jewish
ation for his practice was vote, but Dr. Weizmann,
that the writing served to don't you understand, the
better imprint on his mind goyim have a big say here."
the thought of the person he
No doubt if a tape record-
was talking with. Writing can ing had been made, Tru-
be a form of clarification.
man would have said some-
We should like to have had thing like this. We know he
tapes or notes taken of Ben- was not the type of man who
by Rabbi Milton Arm
Gurion's late wife, Paula. just sat back and said noth-
What she said was always ing.
Consider how much has
interesting. She had a way
of coming to the point. No been missed by not tape-
recording the administrtion
beating about the bush.
For instance, the UN has of Andrew Jackson. Jackson,
always leaned to the Arab they said, couldn't spell well,
side in view of the large vot- but in conversation, that is
unimportant. His swearing
ing power of the Arab bloc.
When some years back Dag was above reproach. To hear
Hammarskjold, the UN sec- Jackson, "By the Eternal,"
Recommended by America's Leading Orthodox Rabbis
would no doubt be very invig-
retary, visited Israel and pre- orating.
When Coolidge was Presi-
said to him, "Mr. Hammar-
dent there would, of course,
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In the case of Israel, there
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Defining the work of the
little we know about Wash- two writers as "poetry of
paying only $7-per-day—any extra children under 15 in
the same room will also pay only $7-per-day (includes
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3 meals per day).
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What a loss that the con- well as the works of two
versation between President masters in this impressive
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Truman and President Weiz- and expressive book.
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"Mr. President, you really Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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