Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774

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SPEAKING VOLUMES In the long relationship that Jews have had with the comic strip and its cousin, the comic book, Milt Gross stands as the missing link between the first and second halves of the 20th century. That's part of the thesis expounded in Is Diss a System?: A Milt Gross Comic Reader , edited and introduced by scholar Avi...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES "This is an essay about a strain of nasty, knowing abuse spreading like pinkeye through the national conversation -- a tone of snarking insult provoked and encouraged by the new hybrid world of print, television, radio and the Internet. It's an essay about style and also, I suppose, grace. Anyone who speaks of grace -- so spiritual a...
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Ethel Hofman, Jewish Exponent Feature
THE JEWISH KITCHEN With a record number of new Passover foods and prize-winning wines flooding the supermarkets these days, planning Passover seders has never been easier. You can add sparkle to dishes with items like Leiber's Macadamia Oil (great for your own salad dressings and marinades), an upscale line of wine jellies from Oshra Tishbi in tantalizing flavors such as...
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Linda Morel, Jewish Exponent Feature
WHAT'S COOKING? The first time we hosted Pesach, I was so busy cooking that I neglected the most essential part of the meal -- the seder's ceremonial foods. "Did you buy horseradish root?" my husband asked. "Isn't the bottled stuff good enough?" I replied. "Yes, but I like a real root on the seder plate," he said. "And where is...
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The New Yorker cartoon has possibly spawned more discussion than even the magazine itself, among both passionate devotees and critics of the form. For the first 50 of the publication's 85 years to date, its cartoons held mostly to a one-panel shape with a single caption or punch line running beneath the visual. The dominant tone over those five decades...
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