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Sunday Sentence

HaleviIn 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.”

In Jerusalem bodies are buried without coffins, in prayer shawls or shrouds, close to the holy earth from which they are expected to someday rise.

Source: Yossi Klein Halevi, Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist: The Story of a Transformation

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Sunday Sentence

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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.”

She’d once spent a week in the country, during a brief relationship with a nature-lover, and it had been the most horrifying week of her life.

Source: Brian Morton, Florence Gordon

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Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress

Some writerly-readerly highlights from the past week:

  • Met Gary Shteyngart! At a conversation between Sasha Senderovich and him that took place at Baruch College of The City University of New York.
  • Received  Missouri Review contributor copies including my most recent review-essay.
  • Spent a quality weekend morning drinking coffee & talking writing with a friend.
  • Received another rejection for my aforementioned humor piece.
  • Continued to submit my aforementioned humor piece.
  • Received an invitation to give a talk to writers on the subject of writing contests.
  • Finished reading a remarkable novel.
  • Put some finishing touches on the November issue of The Practicing Writer.
  • Not a whole lot of actual writing there, alas. (I could enumerate some of my “day job” activities, including “writing a new blog post,” but I’ve opted not to go into detail re: that work.)

    How about you and your week?

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    From My Bookshelf: The Assistant, by Bernard Malamud

    UnknownLast June, I shared a short list of books I hoped to read over the summer. Bernard Malamud’s 1957 novel The Assistant was on that list, because, as I explained “I should have read it long ago.”

    Alas, the summer ended without my meeting the goal. But there’s a good postscript: I did manage to read the book this past week.

    It’s phenomenal. The edition I’d purchased happens to include an introduction by Jonathan Rosen, and that introduction drew me in from its first two paragraphs: Continue reading ›

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    From My Bookshelf: On Bittersweet Place, by Ronna Wineberg

    BittersweetCovLast Thursday evening I had the great pleasure of celebrating the publication of On Bittersweet Place, a novel by Ronna Wineberg, at a lovely book party on the West Side of Manhattan.

    I’ve known Ronna for years. I interviewed her when her short-story collection was published. She helped shepherd one of my short stories along the route to publication in Bellevue Literary Review. And one of her cousins is a dear friend of one of my cousins—which makes Ronna and me practically family!

    So I was honored to be asked to contribute a “blurb” for On Bittersweet Place, which relocates the typical Jewish-American immigration story from New York to Chicago. After reading the galley last spring, here’s what I wrote: “In the pages of Ronna Wineberg’s On Bittersweet Place, one finds echoes of Anzia Yezierska and Betty Smith; in the fictional story of Lena Czernitski’s immigrant family in the first quarter of the 20th century the reader recovers a piece of our larger American history. Quite impressive.”

    You’ll surely be hearing more about this lovely novel soon. For starters, you might want to read this new Q&A with Ronna on the wonderful Bloom website. Read through to the end, and you’ll see a link to a book excerpt, too.

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