Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774
... and the naivete to believe it's always a possibility
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Sometimes, I get a book in the mail, and I have to scratch my head in befuddlement about why it was sent to me. Such was the case with The Buddha and the Terrorist by Satish Kumar. It's a small, delicate volume, clearly published with consideration and care by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a reputable publisher. But why I...
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A great new anthology by the great Harold Bloom
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So what actually constitutes an "American religious poem"? That's the question at the heart of a new anthology, titled, appropriately enough, American Religious Poems . It's been edited by the indefatigable Harold Bloom, the masterful literary critic and Yale University professor, with the assistance of Jesse Zuba, and published by the ever-enterprising Library of America. Both editors have provided answers...
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When I heard that Arthur Kurzweil, the longtime editorial director of Jason Aronson Books, which over the years has returned many classic Jewish works to print, was going to publish a book about Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, the translator of the Talmud into English, I couldn't have been happier. Readers of this column know by now how highly I think of...
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Ryan Teitman
For graphic novelist Joann Sfar, family is the central inspiration for his work. In describing one of the characters, a musician, from his latest book Klezmer: Tales of the Wild East , he took a marker and with a few brisk strokes sketched the image on a nearby white board. With square-rimmed glasses and a thin face, the man he...
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About a month ago, I wrote the first of what will be a number of pieces about Dryad Press, a small, independent venture out of Takoma Park, Md., kept afloat pretty much singlehandedly by Merrill Leffler, himself a poet and critic whose work is worth getting to know. The first Dryad title I discussed was 1111 Days in My Life...
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