Thursday, March 5, 2015 AdarI 14, 5775
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For those who know of Vanity Fair only in its most recent incarnation -- that is, over the last 25 years -- and are unaware of its justifiably storied past, Vanity Fair The Portraits: A Century of Iconic Images may prove to be an eye-opener on various levels. The work is built on a truly monumental scale -- it's nearly...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Amherst College professor and prolific writer Ilán Stavans' most recent book, Resurrecting Hebrew , recounts the story of how, at the end of the 19th century, Lithuanian-born lexicographer Eliezer Ben-Yehuda reinvented the Hebrew language as the "centerpiece of Zionism" -- "the living tongue" of a new, modern nation to be known as Israel. The author, 47, who teaches Latin American...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
The Cat in the Hat, but Di Kats der Payats ? That's the Yiddish translation by Zackary Sholem Berger who, along with his wife, Celeste Sollod, runs Yiddish House LLC. Since 2003, Yiddish House has published Yiddish translations of children's classics like The Cat in the Hat, Curious George (George der Naygeriker) and, most recently, another Dr. Seuss -- One...
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The Terezín Album of Mariánka Zadikow , recently published by the University of Chicago Press, is a remarkable document, reminiscent of the classic work, In Memory's Kitchen: A Legacy From the Women of Terezín . The latter is a "cookbook" that surfaced after World War II and was published in book form in the United States more than a decade...
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A compilation of photos provides a peek into an abundantly creative mind
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Shortly after the great photographer Richard Avedon died in 2004, New York magazine ran one of the most intriguing and resonant magazine articles I'd ever run across -- a six-page photo spread, accompanied by just a hint of text, depicting Avedon's Upper East Side apartment. Above Avedon's famous studio, there was a generous living space arrayed with photographs, art, furniture...
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