A hearty Mazel Tov to the winners of the Moment-Karma Short Fiction Contest. I’m delighted to report that the first-place winner, Racelle Rosett, is a new friend whom I met at the Jewish Fiction Writers’ Conference last March. Racelle and the second- and third-place winners, Judith Groudine Finkel and Amy Graubart Katz, will be joined by the contest judge, Anita Diamant, for a reading and celebration at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on November 1. I can’t wait to see the winning work in the magazine!
If you’re free during the day on October 26, you may want to check out this event: Josh Lambert, author of American Jewish Fiction, reports that he will “be delivering an academic paper, based on my dissertation research, at the Center for Jewish History, where I was a Dr. Sophie Bookhalter Fellow last year while finishing my PhD. Prof. Amy Hungerford of Yale will respond. My paper is titled “Unclean Lips: ‘Dirty Words,’ Modernism, and Henry Roth’s Call it Sleep.” Note that this is not a promotional event for my book, but I’ll bring a couple of copies of the book along, in case anyone wants to buy one. Also note that if this event were a movie, it would be rated R.” Click here for RSVP information.
Last Friday, I posted an essay from my personal archive on my other blog. Titled “Reflections During the Days of Awe, 1989-5750,” the essay is 20 years old. I wrote it when I was enrolled in an undergraduate creative nonfiction workshop. It still means a lot to me, and it’s definitely relevant for the Rosh Hashanah-Yom Kippur season. I hope you’ll read (and enjoy) it.
Here’s a really lovely post about the connections between a temple-based writing group (located in Tuscon, Ariz.) and the Holy Days.
Michelle Cameron, a self-described “writer of Jewish-themed books,” guest-posts on my friend Lisa Romeo’s blog.
The aforementioned Scribblers on the Roof Web site has launched! Check it out. And look forward to a Q&A with founder/editor Kelly Hartog, right here on My Machberet, in the not-too-distant future.
Jeffrey Goldberg links to an outrageously hilarious spoof of Mad Men (retitled for these purposes “Meshugene Men“).
Finally, and on a more somber note, the new issue of Brevity, which bills itself as “a journal of concise literary nonfiction,” is online, featuring an amazing piece, “Somebody Else’s Genocide,” by author Sherman Alexie.
Shanah Tovah, everyone! See you back here in a few days.
That describes it. I know that I could feel a piece of my own heart breaking when I heard the terrible news that Asaf Ramon had been killed when his Israel Air Force F-16 jet crashed during a training flight.
Ramon was the eldest son of Ilan Ramon, the Israeli astronaut who perished with his American colleagues on the Columbia. I recall that I was in London for a conference when the news broke about the Columbia. And as much as that tragedy shook me for its reminders of the Challenger and the loss of my own countrymen, I know that a big part of the reason that I spent all of my non-conference time glued to the television in my hotel room was, quite simply, Ilan Ramon. His story. His history. His significance to his country.
I pray for the Ramon family. As Israeli President Shimon Peres said at the funeral on Monday, “every heart breaks today because the son of the Ramon family was the son of us all – today we are all the Ramon family.”