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‘A Perfect Ganesh’: A tale of hatred and healing

Katharine and Margaret are middle-aged women who often vacation together, usually with their husbands at some idyllic beach resort. This time, they’ve decided leave their spouses at home, and go to India. “I heard it can heal,” says Katharine, whose son has recently died. Margaret has a serious health issue, as well as a dark secret in her past, so she’s in need of healing, too, though, as the more skeptical of the two, she’s less forthcoming about it. And so they set off. Continue Reading →

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‘Pleasant Valley Sunday,’ Carole King demo

Pleasant Valley Sunday

In 1966, the successful songwriting team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King found themselves living in suburban New Jersey. The only problem is, they were city kids at heart. And with the counterculture brewing, they lashed out at the staleness of suburbia with “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” named after Pleasant Valley Way in the West Orange neighborhood where they lived — “status symbol land,” with “rows of houses that are all the same and no one seems to care.” In the hands of the Monkees, who had a hit single with it the next year, “Pleasant Valley Sunday” is … well, pretty pleasant. Continue Reading →

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