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Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

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

  • The new issue of The Tower includes a terrific profile of author Ruchama King Feuerman, by Beth Kissileff.
  • Another take on the new Philip Roth biography, this time from Adam Kirsch.
  • For Tablet, Tova Ross examines “ex-frum” memoirs.
  • Also on Tablet: An unusual essay about Art Spiegelman and Maus, by David Van Biema.
  • New resource for those interested in creating some of their own Jewish writing: The Whole Megillah LLC
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen


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

  • For those of you in Israel: Check out this mini-conference on literary translation coming up at Bar Ilan University. (An email announcement that I received assures: “The conference is in English and is free of charge.”)
  • Reading through the January 2014 edition of the Generations of the Shoah International (GSI) newsletter this week, I realized that I might not yet have recommended this monthly e-publication for anyone wanting to follow events and publications relating to Holocaust commemoration and study. Or it has been a long time since I’ve done so.
  • On my tbr list: Claudia Roth Pierpont’s Roth Unbound. Especially after D.G. Myers’s review.
  • An intriguing post from Theater J, including student reflections on Motti Lerner’s play “The Admission.”
  • And in case you missed it: an all-too-brief preview of notable “Jewish books” coming in 2014.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    My Year In Jewish Books

    StarFor the past two years, I’ve found it useful (and kind of fun) to look back on “my year in Jewish books.” So, borrowing some of the same introductory wording, I’m going to attempt to do something similar for 2013, even if Hanukkah came so early this year that this 2013 iteration lacks the same usefulness a gift-inspiration guide.

    Reviewing my reading for 2013 (thank you, Goodreads!), I can see that I do not and would not ever limit my reading to “Jewish books” exclusively. (By the way, in case you haven’t heard me say this before, I define “Jewish books” as books with substantive Jewish content. In my view, non-Jewish authors can write “Jewish books.” And Jewish authors can write books that don’t strike me as particularly Jewish.)

    But this year, as usual, I did read quite a few books that fall within the “Jewish book” category. And, as an advocate for Jewish literature, I’m proud of that.

    Below, you will find these books presented in the order in which I read them. Please note that, where appropriate, I have included links to reviews, essays, and newsy items I have written; interviews I have conducted; and the odd blog post. I have also disclosed how I obtained each book: P (purchase), R (complimentary review copy/complimentary seminar copy), L (library). Continue reading ›

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

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

  • Discovered via Fiction & Film for French Historians: Julie Kalman reviews An Officer and a Spy, a novel by Robert Harris that is based on the Dreyfus Affair. The book will be released in the U.S. late next month.
  • Beautiful poem, “Hineini,” by David M. Harris (scroll down).
  • Leah Falk writes about Kenneth Bonert’s novel The Lion Seeker, which, Falk explains, “tells a Jewish immigration story that never touches America, but nonetheless takes in hand this vulnerability and other difficulties in the literature and public narratives of immigration.”
  • Many thanks to Diana Bletter for hosting the December Jewish Book Carnival.
  • Finally, and in case you missed it: some smart writing about a stupid boycott.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen


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

  • The Association for Jewish Studies annual conference begins on Sunday, December 15. I’ll be following along via the Twitter hashtag #AJS13.
  • My thanks to Zackary Sholem Berger for this introduction to the poetry of Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, on The Forward‘s Arty Semite blog.
  • This week I’m reading Jason K. Friedman’s prize-winning short-story collection Fire Year, described by Publishers Weekly as “seven funny, fearless outsiders’ tales set in Savannah and Atlanta—some depicting bygone orthodox Jewish communities, others the rife-with-irony ‘New South’.” The opening story, “Blue,” previously won the Moment-Karma Foundation fiction contest.
  • Must confess that I’m not satisfied with the conclusions drawn in “What is a Jewish Poem?” But the piece did add another essay to my tbr list.
  • “The YIVO Institute and Bard College are pleased to announce the third year of the Winter Program on Ashkenazi Civilization. This program, the first of its kind in the U.S., presents an integrated curriculum in the culture, history, language, and literature of East European Jews.” Courses offerings include “The Other Sholem Aleichem,” with Jonathan Brent; “New York Intellectuals Revisited,” with Adam Kirsch; “Jewish Literary Life in the Soviet Union,” with Gennady Estraikh; and more.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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