Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.
For weekend viewing/listening: a recording of the New York Public Library’s recent evening program on Isaac Bashevis Singer: “With unprecedented access to I.B. Singer’s original Yiddish works newly available via the Yiddish Book Center’s Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library, authors and scholars reflect on the lasting impact of the Nobel Prize-winning writer.”
Speaking of Yiddish: On In geveb, Shoshana Olidort has translated two poems by Celia Dropkin (1887-1956).
And speaking of poetry: Fathom offers Calev Ben-Dor’s fabulous interview with Israeli poet and literary activist Adi Keissar. Appended to the interview is one of Keissar’s poems, in an English translation by Ayelet Tsabari, who has helpfully pointed me to a handful of additional translations of Keissar’s work, by Tsabari and Vivian Eden.
And speaking of Israeli-inflected writing (my, this is becoming a highly associative set of links!): This week I was introduced to the work of Zeeva Bukai in the form of “The Abandoning,” which won December magazine’s 2017 Curt Johnson Prose Award in Fiction. It’s a stunner of a short story, and it’s made me eager to read more of Bukai’s work.
And ICYMI: This week has also brought the latest Association of Jewish Libraries Jewish Book Carnival, hosted right here on the My Machberet blog.
On what appears to be a segment of an open Torah scroll, the words “Jewish Lit Links” appear.