NYR DAILY

An Artist’s Menagerie

This seal belongs to the Brooklyn Zoo. She barks like a dog and even looks a bit like a dog. She also looks like an old man—Winston Churchill, specifically—and depending on her expression, like another, more contemporary politician who will remain nameless. She is a fantastic swimmer. She catches small fish and the children love to watch. Altogether, she seems content enough with her life, if a bit pensive.

Growing Up in Wartime France

In 1940, the Germans invaded France. My family found refuge in a village near Normandy. My brother and I spent part of the war hiding with a peasant family who took in Jewish children. We were the lucky ones; nobody denounced us to the Germans who were occupying the village. But at the start of the war, a bomb fell on our house. I was alone with my mother at the time. She was badly injured.