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.

  • I’m not sure that I’m 100 percent on board with every category and argument, but I’m absolutely fascinated by Josh Lambert’s Lit Hub piece on “The Gordon Lish Lineage of Jewish American Writing.” (I’ve also tracked down the Ozick volume in which the “Usurpation” story appears, and I hope to read it asap.)
  • Before I get to the Ozick story, though, I’m going to finish up Eduardo Halfon’s Mourning (translated by Daniel Hahn and Lisa Dillman), which was named a Kirkus Prize finalist this week. (For my take on one of Halfon’s earlier books, check this archived post.)
  • I’m not normally a big fantasy reader, but I may make an exception for The Sisters of the Winter Wood, Rena Rossner’s Jewishly-inflected retelling of Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market” (a poem that affected me profoundly when I encountered it for the first time in college), as discussed by Rossner and Ilana C. Myer for The Barnes & Noble Review.
  • I’m also not a big Harry Potter reader. (Okay, I haven’t read any of the series!) But if I’m going to begin reading J.K. Rowling’s books, here’s the direction I’ll take.
  • And for weekend #longreads purposes—please consider spending some time with “It Doesn’t Cost Anything to Promise Love,” a short story by my friend Liz Edelglass.
  • Shabbat shalom!