A self-described cat lady and the state of Israel are locked in a battle over what may be unpublished manuscripts by Franz Kafka. In a story that is, well, Kafkaesque, the papers are in a small Tel Aviv apartment, in the possession of an elderly woman who has refused to let experts see them.
Dorothy Flood, now 75, has vivid memories of not being allowed in a train dining car as a young black girl. Now, an organization that grants wishes to seniors has sent Flood on an all-expenses paid trip through the Rocky Mountains, in a gourmet dining car.
The accepted number for deaths in the American Civil War for more than a century has been 620,000 from both sides of the conflict. But now a history professor at the State University of New York in Binghamton believes that number is far too low and the real number is closer to 750,000. Robert Siegel talks with J. David Hacker about how he came to his new number.
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