Notes from Around the Web: Literary Links for Shabbat

  • Having recently read Hans Keilson’s Comedy in a Minor Key (trans. Damion Searls), I appreciated this profile of the almost-101-year-old author
  • As we conclude National Poetry Month, let’s take a moment to celebrate that remarkable poet from the past, Hannah Senesh. as well as a newer, current poetic voice: that of Yehoshua November.
  • Poet and editor Jill Bialosky is now also the author of a memoir, about her sister’s 1990 suicide, and in this interview she discusses Jewish mourning rituals–and Judaism’s complicated relationship with suicide.
  • Yom Hashoah begins at sundown on Sunday, May 1, and that makes me it seem especially important to share with you today my latest essay-review for Fiction Writers Review: “Looking Backward: Third-Generation Fiction Writers and the Holocaust.”
  • On my other blog, this week’s “post-publication post” provides some background on the real-life inspiration for one of the characters readers are meeting in my short-story collection, Quiet Americans.
  • Shabbat shalom.