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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.

  • Just received in the mail: the latest issue of Moment magazine. There’s so much here that I’m eager to read, including a profile of Edward Hirsch, “the poet laureate of grief,” and work by the latest young-reviewer-winners of the magazine’s “Publish-a-Kid” contest.
  • Nice press attention this week for our Fig Tree Books authors: a Forward interview with Jessamyn Hope, a blogger’s take on The Book of Stone for The Times of Israel, and the first review of Ben Nadler’s forthcoming The Sea Beach Line.
  • New this week: Unorthodox, a podcast from Tablet (and Slate’s Panoply network) hosted by editor-at-large Mark Oppenheimer and featuring senior writer Liel Leibovitz and deputy editor Stephanie Butnick. “Unorthodox is a smart, fresh, fun take on Jewish news and culture.” I listened to the inaugural episode; I was impressed!
  • Lisa Silverman’s “Good Summer Reads for Kids” article for Jewish Journal includes some great-sounding books.
  • Finally, over on the reBar project, I reveal the one way becoming a Bat Mitzvah might have been even more meaningful to me.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

    The Alan Cheuse Literary Review

    Among the new writing that I’ve done this past week is a short piece that I sent in for the Alan Cheuse Literary Review, a project spearheaded by Alan’s students as Alan remains hospitalized in California. I’ve offered to help the organizers as they assemble and publish the contributions; in any case, I will be sure to share the finished product when I see it. (FYI: Alan’s family continues to post updates on his progress on this CaringBridge page.)

    Also New

    Posted on the My Machberet blog: appreciations and concerns associated with a “New Hebrew Writing” feature in World Literature Today.

    It’s Good to Have Friends!

    Finally: This lovely tweet from my friend Sara has made my week (already!):


    What’s new in YOUR writing world?

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    From My Bookshelf: World Literature Today’s “New Hebrew Writing” Issue

    may15cover_thumbIt isn’t every day that I’m inspired to purchase a single issue of a magazine, journal, or newspaper. I subscribe to a sufficient abundance of periodicals such that the tower of books on my nightstand at any moment is equaled by a nearly equally tall stack of periodicals.

    But when I saw that World Literature Today‘s special May-August 2015 double issue included a feature on “New Hebrew Writing”–only a small sampling of which was available online–I went ahead and ordered a copy. And I’m glad that I did so.

    For the most part. Continue reading ›

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    Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees, Paying Gigs

    dollar-sign-mdMonday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). Continue reading ›

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    Sunday Sentence

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    In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

    Was the reading public so stupid that they would reject a book simply because it contained short stories?

    Source: Maya Arad, excerpt from Master of the Short Story (Oman haSpur haKatsar), translated by Jessica Cohen for World Literature Today‘s “New Hebrew Writing” feature.

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    Friday Finds for Writers

    Treasure Chest
    Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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