Notebook

No one in my family ever went to synagogue or paid much attention to being Jewish. We also didn’t talk about being Jewish with other people, so I got the feeling this was something shameful that I needed to hide. I didn’t have a lot of friends in Forest Hills but the kids I knew were Catholic,  and most of them went to  church at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. Whenever we played  football against a team with Jewish players, our captain would say, “Let’s go and kick the shit out of those Jews,” and I would say, “Yeah, let’s kick the shit out of those Jews!” Because I wanted to be with them, I thought I had to talk that way, too.

Burt Bacharach, “Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music”.

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