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Who is Tom Abate and what does he write about?

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Updated date: May 18th, 2022

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The Macroeconomics of Pastrami on Rye

Ordering lunch can be a learning experience in Covid time

What better way to celebrate my 67th birthday than by ordering a pastrami on rye at a delicatessen in Berkeley every bit as authentic as the places I grew up with in Brooklyn. My partner joined me. She was happy to mask up and present proof of vaccination at the door. Early detection and surgery had excised a pea-sized tumor in her breast, and she wanted to avoid Covid like the plague. As she was getting certified, I noticed a...
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