As many of you know, last month I had the great pleasure of attending the annual conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) for the first time. I was there in my capacity as Media Editor of Fig Tree Books; you may have even caught my account of one of the conference sessions, a panel on book-reviewing, over on the Fig Tree blog.
Indeed, I did sneak out to a few of the many wonderful sessions. But I remained based primarily at the table where Fig Tree books, galleys, and flyers were displayed.
So I’m especially happy to see that the AJL has very generously assembled a set of conference proceedings. Continue reading ›
Just go read Richard Kemp’s New York Times op-ed, “The U.N.’s Flawed Gaza Verdict,” in its entirety. (NB: I used the title I found in the print version; online, the title is “The U.N.’s Gaza Report is Flawed and Dangerous.”)
“The Butcher of Desire; or Imagining Philip Roth” is a “longform” piece by Sam Apple, recently published in Tablet magazine as part of Tablet‘s “original fiction” series. It is a brilliant piece of writing. I read it days ago, and I am still thinking about it.
Which made me wonder: What is it about this piece that I find so striking? How and why is this work so significant to me?
I’ve come up with five possible answers. Continue reading ›