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Heaven's Embroidered Cloths

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On his deathbed, Mary McCarthy's father sputtered, "You should have married the Jew." The freckle-faced Irishman had always been a notorious practical jokester, a master of utterly tasteless and moronic one-liners, and never once in his seventy-plus years had the defiant braggart apologized to anyone, admitted a mistake or human frailty.

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