The title is an essay by Ted Steinberg published on September 6, 2019 at counterpunch. He’s kindly given me permission to reprint it all, given that I’d told him that not only is it one of the best pieces (a dual hero journey) I’ve read in a long time, but it really should be read all of a piece. Had I needed to retell some it, surely I’d have made a hash of it. It’s chock-full of the many epiphanies both he and Edward Said had experienced along their roads less traveled.
Mr. Stinberg uses plain-speak, non-academic language throughout, perhaps because the vignette begins with himself at age 13, and he weaves ‘the cake’ motif as a central touchstone throughout the progression, and along the way discovers that the indigenous in Israel had been airbrushed out of history in his Hebrew school. I hope you’ll think it’s a brilliant as I do, and appreciate it even half as much.
As a side note, I’ve struggled not to bold or italicize any text I’d wanted to draw emphasize, and it’s been hard (smile). Enjoy!