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Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

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

  • “I am reading the streets of Tel Aviv for their genre affiliations,” writes Kevin Haworth for the Bending Genre website.
  • A terrific review of one of my own recent reads, Merrill Joan Gerber’s The Hysterectomy Waltz.
  • More about Alice Walker’s odious words.
  • The Jewish Week presents its summer reading section.
  • Jewish Review of Books has redesigned its website in time for its new summer issue.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Words of the Week: Andrew Silow-Carroll (on Alice Walker)

    I don’t begrudge Walker her politics. But I would take her seriously only if she demonstrated that she understood the history of the conflict, the legitimate security fears that have undermined Israeli peace efforts, the political pressures that have stymied Israeli peacemakers, the vicious terrorism and hateful rhetoric that has characterized the Palestinian “resistance” for decades and repelled even Israeli moderates; the seemingly unbridgeable divisions within the Palestinian movement itself; and the cruelties on both sides that must be confronted, acknowledged, and repented for before you can even start talking about a solution.

    –Andrew Silow-Carroll, Editor-in-Chief, New Jersey Jewish News.

    Read the full post here. Please.

    You know, like a lot of readers and writers, I used to admire Alice Walker, the author. But Alice Walker, the activist, appalls me. Thank you, Andrew Silow-Carroll, for articulating my own frustrations so eloquently.

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen


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

  • “The Greatest Living Hebrew Writer Is Arab”–find out who this writer is, according to The Tower magazine.
  • “After three-and-a-half jam-packed years, Jewish Ideas Daily is embarked on another exciting adventure.” Learn more about the soon-to-be-launched Mosaic.
  • Can you sum up your Jewish dad in six words?
  • Jane Yolen explains how she came to write The Devil’s Arithmetic: “I had lunch with one of my editors, who happened to be a rabbi’s wife. She said, ‘I know you’re Jewish, but you don’t write about anything Jewish—it’s time you start.'”
  • An utterly moving essay by a son of an Auschwitz survivor.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen


    Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • Mazel tov to the inaugural class of the Posen Society of Fellows.
  • More background on The Tower, the new publication I mentioned here recently.
  • Dispatch from the Twin Cities: “Jewish Arts Lab, or Why I’m a Jewish Artist.”
  • Win a book bundle from the Jewish Book Council (U.S. entrants only, enter by 4:00 p.m. EST, April 10).
  • Perhaps my most exciting #JLit discovery of the week: the redesigned website of the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature!
  • Shabbat shalom!

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of Jewish news, primarily of the literary variety, from around the Web.

  • A Q&A with Ann Kirschner about her new biography of Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp. (This also happens to be my first post for The Forward’s Sisterhood blog!)
  • Kirschner’s book is also featured as part of the “books” segment of The Jewish Week‘s spring arts preview.
  • Washington Jewish Week is looking for a Senior Reporter.
  • A.B. Yehoshua’s English publisher promoted Yehoshua’s new novel within the Goodreads “Jewish Book Carnival” group. I stayed quiet. At first.
  • More literary tsuris? The next PEN World Voices festival (focusing on the theme of “bravery”) will feature a panel on Palestinian literature–moderated by BDS activist Judith Butler. Somehow, this news fills me with foreboding.
  • Shabbat shalom!

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    Jewish Community Newspaper Seeks Freelance Writers

    I subscribe to plenty of e-newsletters for writers. Here’s an item I found in one that I received yesterday from the Kentucky Foundation for Women:

    NON-PROFIT SEEKS FREELANCE WRITERS
    Freelance writers needed for the Jewish Community of Louisville Inc’s Community newspaper. Published monthly, Community includes a wide range of local, national and international news articles, features, stories, editorials and reviews. Assignments are on an as-needed basis and payment is negotiable, but will vary based on the amount of work involved. Ability to take photos is a plus. The newspaper is committed to providing coverage of major local events, and includes reviews of books, plays, films and artistic exhibitions of Jewish interest. If interested, please email your resumé and a writing sample to swallace[at]jewishlouisville[dot]org.

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