Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774

A critic argues that Prague has been "rewritten" through the ages
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Scholar Alfred Thomas is very clear about his intentions in his new book Prague Palimpsest: Writing, Memory, and the City , recently published by Chicago University Press; and these intentions have much to do with some of the more trendy currents in academic literary criticism. He tells us in his introductory remarks that he did not want to...
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Wishing "L'chaim" to Anna Deavere Smith is not so much a toast to good health as test of talent. Indeed, raising a glass in hope helps raise the bar of how high she is willing to go to expose the health-care experience that is in extremis in this country. If all the world's a stage, all the health-care industry should...
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Nah, better to use the stuff in your cooking, instead
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Eileen Goltz
SLICE OF LIFE I have 11 cans of beer left over from the Super Bowl party. I'm starting to clean the refrigerator pre-Pesach and need to figure out what to do with the stuff. I've discovered that adding beer to vegetables like onions, carrots and corn, combined with a dash or so of honey, molasses or sugar, gives a deep...
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Who better than a Neshama to sing soul music? It certainly comes naturally to Neshama (Hebrew for "soul") Carlebach, the 36-year-old scion of the sensational spiritual leader/singer/composer Shlomo Carlebach, whose early death at 69 in 1994 left a hole in the soul of world music and spirituality as well. But his daughter has come a-healing and a-helping since, noting that...
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Louise Fiszer
We frequently host complete strangers at our Shabbat dinner table. They are friends of friends, distant relatives twice removed, a past social encounter passing through for the weekend or just people who need a place for a Sabbath meal. As a cook and hostess, this puts me at a disadvantage, for more often than not, I haven't a clue to...
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