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Jean-Paul Sartre

Self-Hatred or Self-Help? Self-Hatred or Self-Help?
Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Ben Cohen | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

One of the most insightful scenes from Larry David's comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, begins with David and his on-air wife, Cheryl, standing at the entrance to a movie theater.  As they chatter aimlessly, David starts whistling a tune composed by Richard Wagner.
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