May 5, 2008
Have the new atheists adopted a faith of their own?
Gertrude Stein lay dying. Stomach cancer had finally forced her to undergo surgery in an American hospital on the fringes of Paris. Preparing for the operation, she asked her lifelong companion, Alice B. Toklas, “What is the answer?” Alice said nothing. Time passed. Gertrude spoke again:
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