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Sunday Sentence

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

Kleftiko lamb stew (named for a dish made with stolen lamb in hidden underground ovens), redolent of garlic and lemon juice, bursts from a grenade of bread.

Source: Nicolas Niarchos, “Merakia,” The New Yorker

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Friday Finds for Writers


Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

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

  • About the Jewish children’s book that has incensed anti-vaxxers.
  • Giveaway alert! Win a copy of The Going, an inspiring and insightful new book—part-spiritual memoir, part-learned reflection—by Shalom Hartman Institute faculty member Leon Wiener Dow.
  • In the vein of the perennial debates of what makes any given book “a Jewish book,” JTA editor-in-chief Andrew Silow-Caroll recently mused about what makes news “Jewish news.”
  • “The Canadian government has officially recognized the national historic significance of two seminal Montreal Jewish writers of the early 20th century, Hirsch Wolofsky and A.M. Klein.”
  • ICYMI: I had two poems published on the Jewcy site last Friday. One poem corresponded to last week’s Torah portion, but the other remains relevant each and every Shabbat!
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

    Collection-in-Progress

    I am working hard to prepare my poetry-collection manuscript for submission.

    Which means that I am spending a lot of time sequencing (and re-sequencing) the poems.

    Here’s a photo which might best be titled: “Batches (Or, After All of the Poems Were Set Out on the Floor but Before They’ve Been Assembled into a Single Contiguous Group).” Continue reading ›

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    Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
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    Words of the Week

    “The sheer bluntness of far-right anti-Semitism makes it easier to identify and stigmatize as beyond the pale; individuals like David Duke and the hosts of the “Daily Shoah” podcast make no pretense of residing within the mainstream of American political debate. But the humanist appeals of the far left, whose every libel against the Jewish state is paired with a righteous invocation of ‘justice’ for the Palestinian people, invariably trigger repetitive and esoteric debates over whether this or that article, allusion, allegory, statement, policy, or political initiative is anti-Semitic or just critical of Israel. What this difference in self-definition means is that there is rarely, if ever, any argument about the substantive nature of right-wing anti-Semitism (despicable, reprehensible, wicked, choose your adjective), while the very existence of left-wing anti-Semitism is widely doubted and almost always indignantly denied by those accused of practicing it.”

    Source: Jamie Kirchick, “The New Jew Hatred: Right and Left” (Commentary)

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