Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774
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I love running across magazines and books I've never heard of before. But though it's exhilarating in one sense, there's a measure of frustration to it as well. I'm always a little miffed that I allowed something to get by me. Still, if the item I've come across proves to be a real find, then the frustration dissipates, and I...
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Just about two months ago, The New York Times published one of the most fascinating - and nontraditional - obituaries it's run in years. The headline, which looked more like the type that would accompany a news story and not a death notice, read: "A Nazi Past, a Queens Home Life, an Overlooked Death." It seems that Hermine Braunsteiner Ryan,...
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All the secrets of a tortured talent told at last
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Henry Roth lived one of the most astonishing writer's lives of the 20th century, though, ironically, the most salient feature of the life was that not much writing was actually done during the bulk of it. As those conversant with literature know, Roth, his first time up at bat, wrote one of the great novels of the American Jewish experience...
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I can't think of a better title for this exemplary monograph on the life and work of architect Norman Jaffe than Romantic Modernist - the perfect two-word summation of the artist's vision and style. I hadn't heard of him until The New York Times ran an article last August in its "House & Home" section, discussing an addition being made...
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The Cat's Meow
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Last summer, Hadassah Magazine devoted one of its covers to a story on Jewish graphic novels, and proclaimed, for all the world to see, that an art form had at last "come of age." The work featured on the cover was French artist Joann Sfar's The Rabbi's Cat , which has been published in the United States by Pantheon to...
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