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Nov. 22, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of the deaths of three men: John F. Kennedy, C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley. They began as thoroughly modern men in a skeptical world, but each marked a different spiritual path to the grave.
Economic anxiety defines the Detroit bankruptcy, and not just in Michigan and the Midwest. Detroit is the urban nightmare, symbolic of America's downward cultural spiral since the 1960s, when optimism about what Americans could accomplish was the national elixir.
When C.P. Snow arrived to lecture at Harvard in 1960, he was riding a wave of fame that followed his talk on "The Two Cultures" at Cambridge University the year before when he pointed out that the intellectual world was becoming increasingly divided between science and the humanities.
The eponymous good stuff was the all-purpose term Jennifer Grant's father, Cary, used to describe all the nice things that make up what the French like to call "douceur de vie" - sweetness of life - and certainly her memory of life with this extraordinarily devoted father and unusually civil and civilized man is a lovely distillation of her halcyon childhood and youth.