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Feature Article by Paul Rosenberg
As I was writing A Lodging of Wayfaring Men, I felt an overwhelming need to put everything I had into the book. (That's the way you feel when you're very serious about such things and you're not sure you'll ever write another book like it.) So, I included several essays that I cared a great deal about.
Now, however, as I'm getting ready for a second edition of the book, I'm pulling the essays back out. A novel is best standing on its own, in my opinion. And so, I'll publish the essays here from time to time, starting with "The Gospel of Radicalism," which was the first of them.
Just a few hundred years ago it was a standard medical practice to bleed sick people, to make cuts in various parts of their bodies and to drain blood from them. Most people submitted to this useless and frequently harmful treatment without question.
Would you have been one of them?
What do you think of the bleeders? Does it seem to you that they we
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