, Salem, MA


June 5, 2013

Anderson: Escaping the news of the world


Speaking of Islamic extremists: Last week I attended the free screening of “Northeastern Unbecoming” at Marblehead’s Temple Sinai. This documentary exposes anti-semitism, anti-Israelism and radical Islamic activities at Northeastern University. The documentary was produced by Americans for Peace and Tolerance on Campus in response to complaints by faculty and students. I was shocked. During my college experience, anti-semitism was politically incorrect, though that phrase hadn’t been invented yet; we Penn State freshmen were shown a film on the Holocaust and told, “never again.” According to APT, what is happening at Northeastern is happening on other campuses across the country as part of a new politically correct support for radical Islam.

From the ridiculous, zombie welfare, to the horrible: betrayed Navy seals and campus anti-semitism. What is happening here?

I was grateful for the heat wave, driving me to my hammock to finish Brunonia Barry’s “The Map of True Places” with its Salem-Marblehead setting; wonderful read. But I needed total escape, so on Sunday I started Janet Evanovich’s “Sizzling Sixteen.”

I discovered her Stephanie Plum series when my elderly mother moved into a nursing home and I went to my hometown bookstore to find a book on dealing with life’s difficult events. The clerk told me to read Evanovich instead. Lesson learned, and my mother and I continued to laugh together, despite the news of the world, for as long as she lived.


Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is a Salem News columnist.

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