“I read web and social media and it’s shocking how liberal Jews (I consider myself one, recall) so quick to righteously protest the sufferings of just about everyone else in the world, rarely have expressed any sorrow for the knifing of Jewish children. Sadly they seem to have been bullied by the BDS types, by the social media sewer of anti-Semitism, the Shylockization of Netanyahu. By the ‘moral equivalence’ ‘cycle of violence’ narrative. Can’t feel bad about murdered Jews if a right wing government’s in power. To the extent that if a liberal Jew speaks up for the murdered at a dinner party he is suddenly Sheldon Adelson. Or the Jew in the Annie Hall dinner scene abruptly finding himself clothed in Hasidic garb (not that there’s anything wrong with that).”
Source: Ron Rosenbaum, “Thinking the Unthinkable: A Lamentation for the State of Israel” (Tablet)
First, the Good News
Last week brought a byline I’ve been working literally years to see.
As an avid reader and fan of Tablet magazine from its outset, I’ve sent submissions and/or pitches–essays, poems, book reviews–to various editors for a very long time. With no success (though with gracious and friendly responses).
Finally, my persistence yielded something more: a dispatch from a terrific literary event—a celebration of Anzia Yezierska’s classic novel Bread Givers—that I attended last Wednesday evening.
Monday 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 ›
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.”
The vinaigrette, distinctly mustardy yet custardy, too, is good enough to induce a sigh in memory of Paris brasseries.
Source: Adam Gopnik’s review of Le Veau d’Or for The New Yorker.
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›