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In the neighborhood

Every time I go for a walk, I am surprised. Today it was that Emma Lazarus lived in this very nice building on 10th Street west of 5th Avenue. 


I also just learned that 77 St Marks Place, where La Palapa is, was home not just to W.H. Auden but earlier, a Russian newspaper called Novy Mir, one of whose staff writers was Tolstoy. 


And now I get to tell you one of my favorite jokes:


Q: What's the difference between a Trotskyist & a Trotskyite?

A: Same as the difference between a socialist & a socialite. 


Why is it funny? I can't say but it cracks up everyone. And people who know say it's accurate as well as funny. There ya have it. 


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