Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774
A writer and producer, his wife, his dog — and his big break
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Like so many other American families in the 1980s, ours fell in love with Michael J. Fox the minute he took up the role of Alex P. Keaton on "Family Ties," one of those classic TV sitcoms that grew better with each season. If anyone was born to play a part, it was Fox; the role fit him like a...
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Life at that grand old namesake: Grossinger's
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Visiting the Catskills these days -- that swath of greenery and deep shade where the great Jewish-owned resorts once reigned supreme -- is a depressing journey back into the recent past. The region is not just economically depressed; it's like touring a string of ever more deserted ghost towns. And as is the nature of most ghost towns, you can...
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My wife had an especially magical childhood. It wasn't perfect, of course; she suffered from all the same angst about body image and popularity in school as all other young people of the period suffered. But when her young years were good -- and this was a substantial portion of the time -- they often approached perfection. Take where she...
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Poems with a spark, from one who sparks an interest in his students
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I spent part of the summer before I went away to college at Brandeis University. That was back in the mid-'60s, when Brandeis was just beginning to feel its oats, and when Waltham, the city where it's still housed, was just a sleepy little townlet that seems light years away from the high-tech enclave it is today. I was taking...
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The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times, which has been edited by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Jonathan Karp, both respected academics, is an ambitious, wide-ranging collection of essays that displays all the advantages and a certain number of the defects of scholarly discourse these days (the publisher is University of Pennsylvania Press). The book's subject is not, as the title...
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