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The Michigan Daily-Sunday,

Page 2-Sunday, March 19, 1978-The Michigan Daily

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REMEMBER vividly my first day
of school, when the teacher, a very
imposing lady who had taken charm
lessons from the Hermann Goering
School of Etiquette, was calling roll for
the first time. "Keith Richburg," she
said, looking at everyone in the room
except for me.
"Here," I responded, much to the
teacher's dismay.
"You're Keith Richburg?" she
demanded, with a tone of sinister
inquisition. 'You're Keith BERNARD
Richburg?"
"That's me!" I responded, still un-
sure at this young age about why there
would be so much doubt as to my iden-
tity.
Finally the teacher revealed the true
nature of her inquiry, when she asked
quite pointedly, "Keith, are you, uh ...
Jewish?"
"Who, me?" I said, astonished. "No,
I have enough trouble just being
Black."
Thus began for me, at a very early
stage of my school career, what would
eventually evolve into an encyclopedia
of barbs and witticisms about my
Jewish-sounding name which, being
Black and from the near West side of
Detroit, would be a godsend were I

planning on entering a career of stand-
up comedy.
Or I suppose I could have been a suc-
cessful doctor, had I not realized-the
limits of my scientific competence in a
chemistry class in high school.4 can see
the plaque on my office door now -
"KEITH BERNARD RICHBURG:
GYNECOLOGIST" - and I can even
see the expressions on the faces of the
little old Jewish ladies when they come
in expecting to be greeted by the nice
Jewish doctor, and there I am, all
decked out in white, saying "and what
seems to be the problem, madam?"
BUT NO, I chose the profession of
journalism instead, perhaps out
of an ironic egotistical need to see that
kosher monicker of mine in print. And
then it's always worth a laugh to won-
der how many people who read that
classically Hebrew byline know about
the reality of the permanent suntan that
lies hidden beneath.
I know for a fact that Hillel, the
Jewish organization on campus, still
has no idea that the Keith Bernard
Richburg they continuously mail
literature to is, lo and behold, the same
one you wouldn't want your daughter to
marry.
I remember my first day on campus,

moving all my earthly belongings into
my West Quad dormitory, and visiting
my mailbox for the first time. There,
amidst my collection of movie guides
and free coupon booklets, was the first
of what would become a two-year-long,
one-way correspondence with Hillel.
Come to our Yom Kippur service, come
celebrate Chanukah with us, Keith
Bernard Richburg, have some candy
from us for Purim.
I often sit back, when the history lec-
ture gets boring, and imagine the
scenario should I ever decide to take
the generous Rabbi up on his offer. I
would show up at the door of Chabad
House and say in the thickest, most
stereotyped Black accent I can muster:
"Well Shalom to yo' ass! Whereas the
fried chicken, brother?"
Once last term I was walking through
the fishbowl on my way to nowhere in
particular when I saw a girl under a
blue-and-white Israeli flag, selectively
handing out literature to passers-by.
"Can I have one?" I asked with all
the politeness I knew how.
"You have to be Jewish," she told
me, without the slightest hint of
apology.
"But you don't understand," I
protested. "I'm Keith Bernard Rich-

burg. I'm the one you've been sending
all that literature to in the mail. You in-
vited me to Chabbad for Chanukah," I
said, pronouncing my "CH"s in classic
Hebrew scratchy-throat.
Well, she didn't buy it, and I didn't get
a copy of whatever it was she was han-
ding out, but I had the last laugh
anyway. The next day there was a copy
of the very same leaflet in my mailbox,
addressed to Keith Bernard Richburg,
U of M's wayward Jew.
At any rate, my years of quasi-Jewish
status have perfected my list of come-
backs to that most inevitable of all
questions. "Are you Jewish?" they ask
me. "Yes, I'm from the Southern bran-
ch of the tribe of Abraham Jones."
"Are you Jewish?" "Yes, couldn't you
tell? I've been in Miami for a week."
Don't get me wrong. There are
inherent advantages in being Black
with a Jewish name. 'On job ap-
plications, you are automatically
placed in the slots of two minorities,
where one can reap all the benefits of
affirmative action quotas and goals.
Besides that,you getqaucertain sense of
superiority from knowing that you and
Sammy Davis Jr. are both members of
one of the most exclusive clubs in the
country.
Oy vay! It's all in a name.

Stallone' s prose
lacks punch but
shows promise
By Richard Heritage

PARADISE ALLEY
By Sylvester Stallone
G. P. Putman's Sons, 217 p., $8.95
A S WITH most work of art, Rocky's
appeal is difficult to articulate. It
has to do with the film's small-time-
loser-gets-a-shot-at-the-crown theme,
the maudlin love story, the phenomenal
editing of the fight sequences. In any
case, Rocky's strengths are visceral,
emotional, even sentimental - but defi-
nitely not literary.
Predictably, then, Syslvester
Stallone's first novel does not amount to
much as literature. It is poorly written,
full of hackneyed slang and annoying
Richard Heritage is a graduate
student in library science.

stylistic quirks. Yet it is not without its
muscular charm.
Set in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, in
1946, Paradise Alley is the story of Vic-
tor Carboni, a dumb but gentle iceman
who is "as strong as Charles Atlas "
and his brothers: Cosmo, an unpleasant
little con-man (he poses as a blind,
legless veteran to pick up spending
money), and Lenny, a mortician's
assistant, alcoholic and moody since he
came home wounded from the war.
There is also the malignant Nickels
Mahon and his equally nasty gang,
iceman Victor's woman Rosie, and An-
nie O'Sherlock, a pretty dancer, for
whom brothers Lenny and Cosmo con-
tend.
The first half of Stallone's first effort
See STALLONE, Page 8

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of a complex. its elements
and their relatiQns
D. Bristol Channel
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E. Secretary of Sfrte, at the time
of Saigon's collapse
F. Secretary of Defense
inApril 1975
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offensiveness
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priority for evacuation
in April 1975
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executive committee of
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to be evacuated in April
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Q. Apprise; notify
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S. Brazilian rabbit
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BY
STEPHEN J.
POZSGAI
Copyright 197X
INSTRUCTIONS
Guess the words defined at the
left and write them in over
their numbered dashes. Then,
transfer each letter to the cor-
responding numbered square
in the grid above. The letters
printed in the upper-right-hand
corners of the squares indi-
cate from what clue-word a
particular square's letter
comes from. The grid, when
filled in, should read as a
quotation from a published
work. The darkened squares
are the spaces between words.
Some words may carry over
to the next line. Meanwhile,
the first letter of each guessed
word at the left, reading down,
forms an acrostic, giving the
author's name and the title of
the work from which the quote
is extracted. As words and
phrases begin to form in the
grid, you can work back and
forth from clues to grid until
the puzzle is complete.
Answer to Last Week's Puzzle
"True stories about the
real world may provide
some interesting and often
useful information but the
way these stories unfold is
as alien to the way the
prepubertal child's mind
functions as the super-
natural events of the fairy.
tale are to the way the
mature intellect com-
prehends the world. "
(Brus o)B ettchm
.Tbe) Useso Enchantment

Vin tage journal and fresh v

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By Anne Sharp
JOURNALS: EARLY FIFTIES
EARLY SIXTIES
By Allen Ginsberg
edited by Gordon Bell
Grove Press, 302 pp. $10.00
MIND BREATHS: POEMS 1972-1977
By Allen Ginsberg
City Lights Books, 123 pp. $3.00
ADD NOW TO poet Allen Ginsberg's
vast literary output two recently
released books: a volume of his collec-
ted journals, dated 1952 to 1962, and
Mind Breaths, a compilation of poems
and music written between 1972 and
1977.
In preparing Journals: Early Fifties
Early Sixties, editor Gordon Bell
worked closely with Ginsberg, selecting
and footnoting the most interesting en-
tries. Ginsberg used his diaries as
poetry workbooks, as well as running
accounts of dreams, conversations,
daily incidents and records of images
scribbled down for further use, all writ-
ten in his characteristically flowing,
impulsive style. He also used them for
catharsis, a way to work out his per-
sonal crises. At about the time these
journals were developing, Ginsberg
went through a period of
psychoanalysis, and once spent several
months in a mental hospital. As a
result, he is a. man in close touch with
Atriute , Sr u 1< a lre~l/iet &6i
trihulor toryhj?,1Paily art~s Page',

"From the not-so-
callow youth of the
Journals to the blissed-
out author of Mind
Breaths, Allen Gins-
berg has undergone
many transform a-

tions,

"Rocky" reflects on his wri

remaining

throughout a con-
troversial, intensely
generative artist. "

The Beat 1
1950s, in wh
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his own subconscious; one consequence
of this is that he never complains of
creative blocks. Ginsberg is also an ex-
pert dream analyst. "The most impor-
tant thing-about dreams," he observed
in an entry dated May 1959, "is the
existence in them of magical emotions,
to which waking Consciousness is not
ordinarily sentient. Awe of vast con-
structions; familiar eternal halls of
buildings; sexual intensity in rapport;
deathly music; grief awakenings, per-
fected lodgings."
INSBERG'S mother Naomi suf-
fered from paranoid
schizojphrenia, and the young poet often
pistake the curiosity Which leads hiimn

to aimless world travels and ex-
perimentation with peyote for mad-
ness. He muses, "I must abandon again
this whole metaphysical urge that leads
me further each month back to an un-
created world of bliss of my own
making.. . while the real world passes
me by." And later, "What will I make
happen to my life?"
Occasionally we glimpse the
passionate, creative Ginsberg's ultra-
cool "beatnik" exterior. One evening
the famed British poet Dylan Thomas
and a friend approach Ginsberg in a
bar. "Do you know who this is?" asks
Thomas' friend, to which Ginsberg
bree aly replies. "Of course, man it is
obvious.

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