Buns Or Duchies?

Awareness without fanfare

Eliot Fintushel

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Waking Up to What You DoDiane Eshin Rizzetto
Diane Eshin Rizzetto
Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2005
197 pp.; $21.95 (cloth)

A story is told of Napoleon and a pauper, that the great general was parading through a small village, promising a duchy to this man and a castle to that one, when the little fellow piped up and asked for a bit of bread.

“That’s all?” says the general with a cock of the head. “Pourquoi?”

“Tiens!” goes the hayseed. “Whether these citizens get their villas and vineyards, your honor, I can’t say—but here comes your adjutant with my bun.”

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