Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775
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Jessica Weiner has a special place where she always seems to experience those Oprah-esque "ah-ha" lightbulb moments: the bathroom. It was in her college dormitory's public loo that she noticed a stall's graffiti - graffiti that convinced her not to commit suicide - and in a New York City bookstore ladies room where Weiner was inspired to write Do I...
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The first criticism I read about the famous short-story writer Isaac Babel was an essay by Lionel Trilling, then the dean of the New York Jewish intellectual crowd and one of the most prominent academics in the country. His piece was, at the time, one of the central pronouncements on the Soviet Jewish writer's remarkable work and brief, tragic life...
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The first two issues of the much-anticipated revised version of The Paris Review, under its new, young editor Philip Gourevitch, have appeared, and though both were decidedly better than the few issues that trickled out following the death of founding editor George Plimpton, they were also something of a mixed bag. Gourevitch first began making a name for himself as...
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Ever since grade school, Barbara Klein Moss has had a preoccupation with the notion of an "Edenic" place - a personal Garden of Eden, where an idealized environment affords one a peaceful inner life. The theme has surfaced often in her fiction. Now, thanks to a recent grant, she has taken a step closer to her own paradise, which she...
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Describing the American experience of black meets white
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As a young boy, I was fortunate in a number of ways. When life at my house became overwhelming and unbearable, I was permitted by a wonderful family two doors down to escape and find solace at their home. My two best friends, twin boys, lived there, but more important, I was always welcomed by their mother, father and sisters,...
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