In Miguel de Cervates’s epic novel, The Ingenious Knight of La Mancha, Don Quixote comes upon a crowd of windmills. Sworn to fight injustice wherever he finds it, the chivalrous knight exclaims to his servant, “Fortune is guiding our affairs better than we ourselves could have wished. Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them…this is a righteous war.” Like Don Quixote, Shelly Reuben might be inspired to attack hulking giants…or windmills. She might write a tribute to the 911 Memorial, or muse about Houdini, hummingbirds, Jihads, the Bronx Zoo, and robins in the spring. Her goal as a columnist is the same as it is when she writes books: To entertain. To precipitate thought. To view things from a different angle. Most of all, to have fun.
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