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June 18, 2008


Goyim in the AM

This is a fantastic post, and I almost feel bad about the following, but I have a language nit to pick: the word "acute" doesn't mean what you want it to mean here, more like the opposite of what you mean. You want "chronic".

Doug Schulkind

Goyim in the AM,
Thank you for the correction. I wrote this piece while I was at work—as a copyeditor! Good to know that I can compartmentalize my personal work from my professional duties. I have changed the phrase "acute agoraphobia" to "chronic agoraphobia."


The first time I heard a Tony Schwartz recording it blew me away. It was called "Nancy Grows Up" and it seamlessly combined recordings of his niece from various ages, baby sounds to teenage concerns.

His recordings are serious treasure and he will be missed. More than pleased to read they will be available at the LOC. A fine tribute here, kudos.

Doug Schulkind

The "Nancy Grows Up" sequence is AMAZING and I provide the link to it above. If you go to the 1961 WNYC radio show "Adventure in Sound" that I link to, you will see a link at the bottom of the page "Listen to the Whole Show." That program IS the Nancy Grows Up recordings! Absolutely mesmerizing.

In case this is confusing, follow the link bellow to go to the WNYC page with the "Nancy Grows Up" sequence:



thanks for your scholarship and enthusiasm doug and for introducing me to Tony Schwartz. i'm really enjoying these recordings, what a fascinating and inspiring person.

Elizabeth Schwartz

Knowing a genius your whole life doesn't mitigate the awe in any way - Tony never ceased to amaze the family. As for the "Nancy Grows Up" piece - my sister died very suddenly at the age of 26. She was ill for two weeks only. To have this document (which is on my desktop) to keep with us is an indescribable comfort, a talisman against dimming memory. Tony really helped to shape the world as we know it, and no encomium is too great. But as much as he saved the world, he saved our family. A lot of Greats are flawed as humans. Tony was, as posted above, fascinating and inspiring - but he was gentle, caring and aware as a man.

Doug Schulkind

So terribly sorry to hear about your sister, Elizabeth. Thank you for sharing Nancy, and your Uncle Tony, with all of us.

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