Sholem Stein  

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"Man reveals his true nature in his fears and desires. Show me what he is afraid of, show me what excites him, I will tell you who he is."--Sholem Stein cited in De geschiedenis van de erotiek: van holbewoner tot Markies de Sade (2011)


"Both high and low culture have produced masterpieces and works of mediocrity. It is our task to find beauty in unexpected places." --Sholem Stein


"The values of liberté, égalité, fraternité, the rights of LGBT-people, the freedom of the press exemplified by Charlie Hebdo, an aversion to autocratic leaders, have come to be seen as an integral part of European culture. Because of these, soft, feminine qualities, Europe is perceived as the Maria lactans of the world."--Sholem Stein

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Sholem Stein (born August 28, 1938 in New York City) is a fictional scholar created by Henry Jacobs.

First incarnation

Sholem Stein is the name of a fictional character and mystification created by American radio hosts Henry Jacobs and Woody Leafer for their radio show Music and Folklore dedicated to world music.

Henry Jacobs often brought experts in certain ethnic music onto the show to provide background information. When no experts were available, he would not infrequently fake it - most notably in the case of "Sholem Stein", a putative Hebrew musicologist who claimed that calypso music had deep Rabbinical meanings.

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