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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

the-blue-card-logoBlue 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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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.

  • “I’m writing in a tradition of, frankly, mostly Jewish writers.” So says Jesse Eisenberg in a Tablet interview (with Tal Kra-Oz) occasioned by Eisenberg’s new story collection Bream Gives Me Hiccups.
  • Jewish Currents is seeking an Associate Editor. (I asked the editor about location; his reply: “I live and work in the Mid-Hudson Valley [New York], but it’s not required for someone to be in my neighborhood.”
  • J. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California, is hiring a Managing Editor. (This ad is a few weeks old already, but I just learned about it this week.)
  • An interesting post on the Fig Tree Books blog this week (if I say so myself!) on the topic of “rabbinic fiction.”
  • ICYMI: You still have time to win a copy of my story collection Quiet Americans.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

    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!

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

    Quiet Americans Q3 Donation to The Blue Card

    the-blue-card-logoA few days ago I caught this news online: “The Obama administration has awarded $12 million for assistance to Holocaust survivors.” Per the article: “The allocation from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Jewish Federations of North America, to be disbursed over five years, is part of an initiative launched in late 2013 by Vice President Joe Biden to address the needs of survivors in the United States, a quarter of whom live below the poverty line.”

    Well, it isn’t exactly $12 million, but I did, just this past weekend, send in my Q3 donation to The Blue Card. As many of you know, since the release of Quiet Americans in January 2011, I’ve been sending quarterly payments to this organization, which also works to support U.S.-based survivors who are in need. (Basically, one dollar from each sale–whether it’s a print copy or an e-book–goes to The Blue Card.) Thanks to all of you who have purchased the book over these years–you are all contributing. Continue reading ›

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

    Delightful Discoveries

    It pleases me so much when I learn that people are still discovering/reading Quiet Americans. And it thrills me when I find out that the book is actually being taught (especially when it is being taught alongside other authors’ work that I’ve read and admired myself). So you can imagine how absolutely delighted I was when, during last week’s vacation, I received a tip from a cousin about this course description, taken from his synagogue’s latest adult-education catalog.

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    My Nephew Inspires New Thoughts About My Own Youthful Reading

    UnknownEarlier this summer, my young nephew told me he had a movie (on his iPad) that he wanted me to see.

    “You’ll like it,” he said. “It has aunts.” (It took me a moment to understand that he was not touting the presence of “ants.”)

    As I settled next to him on the sofa, I discovered that the movie in question was “James and the Giant Peach.” I had never seen the movie, nor had I read the original book, by Roald Dahl, on which the film is based. (Just a few minutes into our viewing, I was compelled to check with my nephew: “You’re not suggesting that I’m like THOSE aunts, are you?” ;-))

    So when this precious child celebrated his birthday last week, I presented him with not just the video game he requested, but also a copy of Dahl’s book. (I refrained from sharing, just yet, my discomfort with Dahl’s anti-Semitism.) And as I thought about the books that my nephew most enjoys reading (or having me read to him), I had an epiphany of sorts: Continue reading ›

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