Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775
Excess cuts short a flourishing artistic life
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That fabled slice of Paris known as Montparnasse, where art and bohemianism flourished in the early years of the 20th century, was often called a "little international republic," and an "artistic Babel." These descriptive terms referred to the presence of a precocious, talented and highly ambitious band of foreign painters who made the neighborhood their artistic home in the first,...
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I am a deep and abiding fan of Stanley Kubrick's films -- at least the early ones, before the bloat of "2001: A Space Odyssey" sent his career on a different trajectory altogether. And like most fans, I'm well aware, even when it comes to the films I hold less dear, that they're filled with striking images. You can begin...
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My Father Is a Book , recently published by Houghton Mifflin, is a curious artifact of the literary life as it has evolved in the United States over the last 30 years or so. It's the work of Janna Malamud Smith, the daughter of novelist and short-story writer Bernard Malamud. Like her father, she has been a writer, though in...
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With at least half of all marriages ending in divorce, there must be something better than chocolate to bring lasting happiness to couples. Psychologists and married couple Peter L. Sheras and Phyllis Koch-Sheras have developed a creative, positive approach called couple-power therapy that teaches partners positive ways to create fulfilling loving relationships -- and have more fun together. Sheras and...
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You don't have to speak the language to understand its lore -- and lure
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Mort Alper, JEFeature
Who would believe that in 20 years a book collection could escalate from 70,000 books to 11/2 million? But it has happened. And the driving force behind this tremendous growth has been Aaron Lansky, president of the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass. In 1980, Lansky, then a 24-year-old graduate student of Yiddish literature, realized that irreplaceable Yiddish books...
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