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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

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

  • There’s a new issue of Lilith magazine available (I’ve snuck a peek at some of the contents—and read Elisa Albert’s excellent essay—online, but I’m probably going to wait for my print copy to arrive to read it in its entirety).
  • Speaking of excellent essays—here’s a magnificent one from Boris Fishman, about his late grandfather, via Tablet.
  • And speaking of Tablet: They’re branching out into the book business!
  • My online pal Howard Lovy is developing a new Jewish-themed podcast, to be titled “Emet” (Truth). I’m supporting it. Perhaps you’ll want to consider doing so, too.
  • And Mazal Tov to everyone recognized in the latest round of the Simon Rockower Awards in Jewish journalism.
  • Shabbat shalom!

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    1. I recall meeting Elisa Albert on the F train in Brooklyn years ago during her last semester as an MFA student at Brooklyn College. We were sitting across from each other, and though I don’t recall what we were each reading it was clear that we had more than a casual interest in literature.

      After we introduced ourselves she recommended writers’ colonies, and I told her it would have to be a multi-genre artists’ colony where my wife Shoshana could also attend and paint, since we have been apart only a few times in our multi-decade marriage and for no longer than a week. She replied, wow, you two must be really in love!

      She also told me that within a couple of years I would hear about her and her book publications. I haven’t gotten around to reading her books but they are on my wish list.

      I sometimes wonder whether I would find more silence and solitude in which to write if Shoshana and I were to move to a rural location, but Elisa’s essay makes that seem a lot less attractive.

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