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Words of the Week, II

A second “helping” of Words of the Week because I haven’t been able to forget this passage since reading it—a section in Ben Marcus’s “Cold Little Bird,” a short story in last week’s issue of The New Yorker.

Maybe current events have something to do with that.

 

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Words of the Week

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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • Mazal tov to Molly Antopol, winner of the 2015 Harold U. Ribalow Prize for Jewish fiction for The UnAmericans. (We asked Molly some questions about one of the stories in the book way back when.)
  • On my weekend viewing agenda: a video of Israeli author David Grossman’s recent lecture at Harvard University.
  • Chabad Lubavitch International (Brooklyn) is advertising for a Writer/Editor’s Assistant.
  • Looking for a slew of news, reviews, and interviews from the world of Jewish books? See the latest Jewish Book Carnival, hosted for October by Fig Tree Books.
  • Speaking of Fig Tree Books, it’s not too late to celebrate this week’s launch of Ben Nadler’s The Sea Beach Line.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Words of the Week

    Stabbings have no siren so we don’t know when to run.

    There are no cute little songs for my kids to learn in preschool and sing before they go to sleep each night, before they say the Sh’ma.

    Stabbings can happen anywhere at any time.

    Stabbings can happen in a park on a quiet bench. They can happen in the market, with soldiers standing just a few steps away. They can happen in front of a school or in a synagogue or on the street.

    Everyone is on edge right now — most of us feel that prickle of fear just below the neck or deep in our stomachs — because when these attacks are random, everyone is a potential target.

    Everyone.

    Source: Sarah Tuttle-Singer, “There Are No Sirens Before a Stabbing” (Times of Israel)

    See also: the latest “Sunday Sentence” on my other blog, Practicing Writing.

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    From My Bookshelf: Writings by Suzanne Reisman

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    Technically, these aren’t writings from my bookshelf. I’ve read them on a screen.

    And technically, they aren’t books. Not yet anyway.

    They are writings by Suzanne Reisman about her grandparents. And they are well worth your time. Continue reading ›

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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • In the latest New Yorker fiction podcast, Allan Gurganus reads and discusses (with Deborah Treisman) Grace Paley’s “My Father Addresses Me on the Facts of Old Age,” from a 2002 issue of the magazine.
  • “Seven Jewish Authors Get Personal About Anti-Semitism.” A roundtable from We Need Diverse Books.
  • Looking forward to reading through the new issue of Lilith magazine.
  • The Fig Tree Books blog takes note of the 20th anniversary of the passing of Henry Roth, author of the classic Call It Sleep.
  • You’ve never read a Sukkot poem like Chaya Lester’s “In Honor of the Murdered…and Their Orphans,” a response to recent events in Israel, on Hevria.
  • May it be a Shabbat Shalom for all.

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