Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775
Author: What would Leah do? Looking for some divine inspiration
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Rita Charleston, JE Feature
To tell the truth, I never really knew the whole story of Sarah, Rebecca and Rachel, all of whom suffered from infertility, but eventually gave birth to the founders of the Jewish people. But I knew exactly how author Jessie Fischbein felt. Wanting a child and not being able to have one can be a devastating, demoralizing and highly depressing...
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Richard Hofstadter: Exemplar of the engaged intellectual
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For those with certain political leanings who came of age in the 1960s, Richard Hofstadter was the historian of note, the writer from whom we learned much about the American political sensibility and how it worked. The titles of his many books -- distinctive, evocative, unmistakably his -- bring to life an era and a portion of the intellectual underpinnings...
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Known for her novels, it's her essays that really resonate
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In 1989, in the preface to her second collection of essays, Metaphor & Memory , Cynthia Ozick stated that "a fiction writer who also writes essays is looking for trouble." What she meant is that the essays will likely be scoured by critics for certain "clues" that will then be used as evidence for or against the fiction. I understand...
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An anthology celebrates film criticism as a legitimate form of literary expression
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In October 1944, the poet W.H. Auden wrote a fan letter to writer James Agee, sent via The Nation magazine where Agee was a regular contributor. Dear Sirs: I do not care for movies very much and I rarely see them; further, I am suspicious of criticism as the literary genre which, more than any other, recruits epigones, pedants without...
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The first edition of Photos That Changed the World appeared in 2000, one of various volumes put out by the great art and photography publisher Prestel to commemorate both the accomplishments and tragedies of the 20th century, in this instance as they were captured in still photography. There's a new edition of the work out this year, and the only...
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