Each week as Shabbat approaches, the My Machberet blog presents a collection of links, drawn primarily from the world of Jewish books and writing.
- I still haven’t read my copy of Miriam Karpilove’s Diary of a Lonely Girl (trans. Jessica Kirzane), which I purchased several months ago. But Dara Horn’s take on the book for Tablet renews my eagerness to get to it.
- I’ll miss the print version of The Jewish Week, which announced this week that beginning in August, that version “will go on hiatus” while the publication focuses on “an all-digital model.”
- On a cheerier note: “AN AMERICAN PICKLE, directed by Brandon Trost, is based on Simon Rich’s New Yorker novella and stars Seth Rogen as Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1920 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present-day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn’t aged a day. But when he seeks out his family, he is troubled to learn that his only surviving relative is his great-grandson, Ben Greenbaum (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder whom Herschel can’t even begin to understand.” I enjoyed the trailer, and you might, too!
- On my reading agenda: the Summer 2020 issue of The Tel Aviv Review of Books.
- And via American Libraries: an overview of the recent Association of Jewish Libraries conference and its emphasis on amplifying diverse voices.
Shabbat shalom. And remember that if you blog/podcast regularly about Jewish books, I’m hosting the July Jewish Book Carnival, and, through Sunday, July 12, I’m still welcoming submissions. (Note: This is not a call for promotional author/publicist pitches!) More info/submission instructions.