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Orson Welles on Pastrami

Yesterday Orson Welles would have turned 100 years old. That’s all the excuse I need to share this delightful COMMENTARY Symposium from July 1946, in which contributors, including Welles, offer their thoughts on the assorted pleasures of the Jewish deli. Pulled from the archives on this Throwback Thursday, here’s “From the American Scene: One Touch of Delicatessen”:

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New England Testimony
Samuel A. Persky

To Dismiss Ruth Glazer’s article on “The Jewish Delicatessen” as merely an amusing and nostalgic little essay, as I fear most readers might, would be a grave mistake.

My professional life, thus far bracketed between the reigns of Theodore and Franklin, has been devoted almost exclusively to the interests of malefactors of small wealth and bush-league economic royalists. Yet here I find myself spiritually attuned to a woman who has devoted her career to the labor movement.

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