Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

The words "Jewish Lit Links" are printed over what appears to be a portion of a Torah scroll.

  • “New Volumes from Jewish Poets”—an absolutely superb piece by Sandee Brawarsky. Delighted to see a number of poets I know featured within.
  • Also an excellent source for your own reading lists: Alma‘s Favorite Books for Fall 2019, curated by Emily Burack. (And oh, my goodness: I spy a super-familiar title there!)
  • Not many people can persuade me to spend $50+ on a Kindle title (or any title, for that matter). Then again, not many people are Allan Arkush (plus, I’ve got a simmering project idea that requires this book for reference). The book in question: The First Zionist Congress: An Annotated Translation of the Proceedings by Michael J. Reimer; Arkush’s essay-review was published this week on Mosaic, timed to mark the 122nd anniversary of that first Congress.
  • I’m not sure how I didn’t know that a new collection of Etgar Keret’s stories (translated, as far as I’ve been able to discover, by “Sondra Silverston et al”) was forthcoming. Grateful to have caught Gal Beckerman’s profile of Keret, which has brought me up to speed.
  • Finally, if you haven’t caught my shares of this elsewhere: This week also brought the 100th anniversary of the death, in Warsaw, of the bestselling Yiddish author Jacob (Yankev) Dinezon. Rokhl Kafrissen’s latest Tablet column is devoted to Dinezon. I hope that you’ll take some time to read it. And perhaps I’ll see you at next week’s Dinezon event at YIVO in New York (you’ll find info about that in the column).

Shabbat shalom.