Black Muslims used to substitute “X” for the family names which their ancestors inherited from their slavemasters. The Leonardo da Vinci cartoon is a large, elaborate drawing he made for a by no means accomplished portray of the Virgin Mary and the toddler Jesus with St. Anne and the toddler John the Baptist. Though the kids have cherubic smiles, neither one is literally an angel. In Isaac Bashevis’ story “The Last Demon,” he portrays a demon who has been despatched to plague an obscure Polish town inhabited entirely by Jews. He finds himself stranded there for eternity when the Nazis destroy the whole inhabitants within the Holocaust.