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)

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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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