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No time for love

Read any goddam book you want
Dear Dr. Jones
by GZO Jones

here do old Beats go to retire? GZO Jones headed for Brazil. We've found scant documentation that he can even keep a beat, but that has nothing to do with the fact that Jones always makes deadline and, one way or another, never shies away from a question. He likes to consider himself some sort of missing link between the 1950s and the new century. We like to consider that he works cheap.

Dear Dr. Jones,

What about "The DaVinci Code"? Can you shed some light?

Don't Know What To Believe


Haven't read the book.

But it's been my lifelong observation that organized religion usually divides people as much as it's supposed to bring them together. And you don't need to look very hard to find evidence.

I've always wondered, for instance, how the Catholics can be such a popular club when they don't let priests marry, don't let women have the good jobs, don't even want to consider birth control. I like to say live and let live, but to me that's just crazy and begging for trouble.

And that's not to pick on the Catholics. Or maybe it is.

Want another example? Just look at the U.S. prez. He says he's doing God's work. That's news to a lot of people. Isn't there something in the bible about being able to see a fleck in someone else's eye but not being able to see the log in one's own? Did he skip that page?

Regardless, questions on religion are easy. Here's what I say: make up your own mind, follow the Golden Rule, read any goddam book you want and take it all with a proverbial grain of salt.

– Jones

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