Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774
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SPEAKING VOLUMES There's perhaps no way that any reviewer, in such a relatively small space, could possibly convey the riches that have been amassed -- or more accurately, that were amassed more than 20 years ago -- between the covers of 20th Century Jewish Religious Thought . (For the record, when the book first appeared from Scribner's publishers in 1987,...
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A whisper of the afterlife, from a man who knows grieving
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SPEAKING VOLUMES I approached Dan Gordon's slim little book, Postcards From Heaven , recently published by the Free Press, with a certain amount of trepidation. First, there was the subtitle: Messages of Love From the Other Side , and the fact that Gordon was head writer of the TV series "Highway to Heaven." That's the one where actor Michael Landon...
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I didn't know what to think when An American Experience: Adeline Moses Loeb (1876-1953) and Her Early American Jewish Ancestors showed up on my desk. The book is without question a beautiful object in itself, bearing the proportions of an expensive art book and with the obvious production values to match. It's been distributed by Syracuse University Press, which I...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES I'm Dying Up Here is about what it's subtitle suggests: Heartbreak and High Times in Standup Comedy's Golden Era . The people pictured on the cover -- David Letterman, Jay Leno, Richard Lewis and Andy Kaufman -- are some of the central players in the drama -- and it is a drama, despite the plethora of jokes retold...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Lyricist Fred Ebb and composer John Kander were not only collaborators for more than 40 years -- longer than any songwriting partnership in Broadway history, notes their biographer James Leve -- but also fast and inseparable friends for those four productive decades. It seems that only something as sudden and definitive as Ebb's death in 2004 could have...
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