Oh, What a Time
One week ago, I left New York City aboard a Boston-bound Amtrak train. Final destination: my 25th college reunion.
The days that followed were amazing, filled with too many highlights to recount here. But I thought you’d appreciate a glimpse of the literary output produced by the Class of 1991.
These are just SOME of the books written by the more than 50 authors who are among my 1600 classmates. Photo credit: Josh Wilkes.
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A Notable Reprint
I’m honored that Jewish Journal chose to re-publish my poem, “Questions for the Critics,” in last week’s edition, coinciding with Israel’s Independence Day.
(Special thanks to Afshine Emrani, M.D., for taking this photo from the print issue and sharing it on Twitter!)
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Blue Card on My Mind
An article in Saturday’s New York Times titled “Holocaust Survivors’ Needs Become Acute With Age” (that’s the title in my print newspaper; online, the headline reads, “As Holocaust Becomes More Distant, Survivors’ Needs Intensify”) seemed acutely well-timed to me, for a couple of reasons.
First, we’re approaching Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which (according to the Hebrew calendar), will be observed next week. And second, I’ve recently sent in my Q1 donation, based on sales of Quiet Americans, to The Blue Card. I’ve spoken before about why I remain committed to sharing portions of sale proceeds with The Blue Card, but this is an appropriate time of year to give the organization another shoutout for the essential work that it does.
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This week, just a few quick things:
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Jessica Piazza’s Poetry Has Value project. How much of a fan am I? Well, I’m going to be blogging for the project for the rest of the year. Take a look at my introductory post–and please follow along!
Remember that Quiet Americans anniversary giveaway that I mentioned last week? The giveaway went live on Sunday. Here’s the link, if you want to enter.
And a dispatch from the day job: I enjoyed writing this post for the Fig Tree Books blog, about “rabbinic fiction.”
Hope that everyone’s week is going well!