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“It’s been four months now since Philip Roth died, long enough in our fast-paced media world that all the eloquent and moving obituaries have largely dissolved into a broader consensus of the kind of writer he was, our culture’s agreed-upon summation of his legacy. It was The New York Times that I think best articulated this mainstream view

Roth was the last front-rank survivor of a generation of fecund and authoritative and, yes, white and male noveliststhe others included John Updike, Norman Mailer and Saul Bellowwho helped define American experience in the second half of the 20th century.

Yet I could never see Roth as simply a ‘white’ novelist. Certainly, he was a ‘male”’novelist, and like all the men on that list his he was to some degree problematic in the way he depicted women (though nowhere near the level of Norman Mailer). But to me, it felt wrong to call someone whose novels were so deeply concerned with Jewish identity ‘white’ (the same is true of Saul Bellow, though that deserves a separate blog post). The truth is, Roth wrote about identity and assimilation as powerfully as any writer of color, and as a Muslim American growing up in a post-9/11 America, I often saw myself in his novels and his characters.”

Read the rest of Aatif Rashid’s “Was Philip Roth a White Author?” over on the Kenyon Review blog.

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Great Jewish Books 2019

It’s that time of year! The Great Jewish Books summer program offered by the Yiddish Book Center is open for applications.

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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

On what appears to be a segment of an open Torah scroll, the words “Jewish Lit Links” appear.


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Words of the Week

“Progressives can and should debate Israeli government policies, and American government policies, and Chinese government policies, and stand firmly on the side of justice. In doing so, they must not impose litmus tests for Jews or disregard the historical Jewish experience of marginalization, oppression, and mass murder—and they must acknowledge Jewish self-determination in our indigenous homeland as a human right.”

Source: Carly Pildis, “Anti-Zionism Has No Place in the Progressive Movement” (Tablet)

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Jewish Book Carnival: October 2018

The My Machberet blog is proud to serve as October 2018 host for the Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly event where those who cover Jewish books online “can meet, read, and comment on each others’ posts.” Organized by the Association of Jewish Libraries, the Carnival travels around and is hosted on a different participant’s site on the 15th of each month.

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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

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