As eagerly as I anticipated the publication of Jonathan Kirsch’s The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat, and a Murder in Paris this spring, I knew right away that I wouldn’t be able to review the book. That’s because I’ve had the great pleasure of getting to know Jonathan over the past few years, primarily through my work writing reviews for The Jewish Journal, where Jonathan is Book Editor. My abilities to be “objective,” notwithstanding, the apparent conflict is obvious.
But I knew, too, that I could count on the book being a superb read, one that I’d want to share with others. As soon as I finished it (I was right–it’s excellent), I sent some questions to Jonathan. Those questions, and his answers, can be found below. Continue reading ›
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Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of Jewish news, primarily of the literary variety, from around the Web.
New Jersey Jewish News takes note of impending 80th birthday celebrations for its most famous literary native son, Philip Roth.
People are still talking about the Brooklyn College BDS controversy. This week, Francine Klagsburn’s piece in The Jewish Week impressed me as especially worth reading.
Busy times over on the Generations of the Shoah International (GSI) Book/Film Discussion Group.
Lilith‘s annual fiction and poetry contests close on March 15th.
New opportunity for writers and artists: a Jewish Environmental/Land Art Residency. Applications are due March 22nd. (via FundsforWriters.com)
Two weeks ago, I attended a panel event, held at the Center for Jewish History here in Manhattan, that helped launch a new book, Holocaust Literature: A History and Guide. And last Friday, my account of that event was posted on the “Well Versed” blog of The Jewish Week, a New York-based newspaper that I subscribe to.
“Looking at Holocaust Literature Anew” is my debut post for Well Versed, and I hope it signals many to come–and perhaps even some bylines within the paper itself. We shall see.
Meantime, here’s the opening of the post:
Definitions can be tricky. Just try to find agreement on what qualifies (or not) as “Jewish literature.”
Perhaps equally arguable: any effort to define “Holocaust literature.”
In their new book, “Holocaust Literature: A History and Guide” (Brandeis University Press), David Roskies and Naomi Diamant propose some striking new terms.
Intrigued? Please keep reading!
(cross-posted on Practicing Writing)