Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775

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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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A collection of essays to tickle the fancy of the literary-minded
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Let's face it: The literary essay hasn't much currency left these days in the artistic marketplace. The critical review -- a journalistic staple for many decades -- has managed to keep its footing somewhat, even though its existence was threatened recently when certain papers decided to downsize. The review has survived a bit longer than the essay, its "loftier" relative,...
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Learn to speak fish, the versatile dish
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Louise Fiszer, Jewish Exponent Feature
BEYOND CHICKEN SOUP Gefilte fish, pickled fish, smoked fish, sweet-and-sour fish ... all Jewish cooks are familiar with fish in one incarnation or another. And what better time to think fish than when the weather starts to get warmer -- finally! -- and when Passover time rolls around. Although prepared differently in the myriad of Jewish ethnic kitchens, a fish...
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EILEEN GOLTZ, Jewish Exponent Feature
In the midst of my "let's clean out all the refrigerators" pre-Pesach craziness, I discovered the remaining 11 cans of 12 of the beer that my neighbor contributed to our Super Bowl party. Being a "let's try anything as an ingredient kind of cook" I already know that beer could be used in just about every method of cooking known...
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How to amalgamate nationalism and religion
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SPEAKING VOLUMES The minute I picked up Sergio Parussa's Writing as Freedom, Writing as Testimony: Four Italian Writers and Judaism , published by Syracuse University Press, I was reminded of a classic work of more than 25 years ago, Prisoners of Hope: The Silver Age of the Italian Jews, 1924-1974 by famed scholar H. Stuart Hughes. The latter was, according...
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