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The hottest nightclub star in 1930s Havana guards two secrets: She is a Polish-born American Jew, and she has a penis. This page turner explores the plight of a brilliant transgender entertainer over a quarter century in Cuba, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco as she engages with political revolution, gangsters, celebrities and her own demons.



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By David Perlstein | June 24, 2022 |

This week’s Torah portion, “Shelach-Lecha” (“Send” or “Send for Yourself”), shares something with Texas Republicans’ 2022 platform. It’s frightening. Numbers 13 tells of twelve Israelite chieftains sent by Moses to scout out Canaan, the land God promised to Israel. On returning, ten “spies” display a grievous lack of faith. They concede that the land “does…

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