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Where Have All the Vowels Gone?

The first step in the next stage of language’s inevitable evolution — or devolution — may have already hppnd. The year now ending has been one of catastrophes. To name just two: The planet is getting warmer and the alphabet is getting shorter. Where have all the vowels gone? It’s …

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Amos Oz, Israeli Author and Peace Advocate, Dies at 79

“Dear Zealot,” a slim volume published in 2017, is made up of three essays on the theme of fanaticism, which Mr. Oz termed the worst scourge of the 21st century. He described the book as loaded “with the conclusions of a whole life.” Mr. Oz’s concern about zealotry in Israel …

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