Monday, June 04, 2007

Lectures About Heaven

That's the title Thomas Laqueur gives to his review of Fritz Stern's Five Germanys I Have Known in London Review of Books (
"There is a joke about a crowd of Germans pouring out of a tourist bus that has stopped in front of the Pearly Gates. They see two signs. One points to the left: ‘Heaven.’ The other points right: ‘Lectures about Heaven.’ The Germans all head to the right."

This joke needn't be about Germans, of course.

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