Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775

Some wonderful works in the works
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This has come to be the season of the small press, at least as far as this column is concerned. Several months ago, I initiated a series of articles about Dryad Press, which is run out of Maryland by poet Merrill Leffler pretty much all by himself. Then, when I was in the midst of reading, writing about and glorying...
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It's what's for dinner!
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Andrew Schloss, JE Feature
Slap anything between two slabs of bread and you can call it a sandwich, but to call it a meal means something more. It can be as slight as a slice of sun-warmed tomato or as opulent as a fillet steak sauced with bordelaise. What's essential is that the improvement attract a diner's attention, as the main difference between a...
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Think Da Vinci's was difficult? Spellbinding TV series gets helping hand from an inside source: the Vatican
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Torture and Torquemada crossed paths and pathology with the Catholic Church on the ruinous road to the Inquisition as the Spanish steps toward ethnic cleansing sent non-Catholics careening into a tailspin of fiery 15th-century moral turpitude. It is no secret that the Spanish Inquisition's inequities inveighed against its Jews, forced to convert or be condemned by a church hell-bent on...
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The shadow Orson Welles cast during a prolific and profligate lifestyle had less to do with his gargantuan girth than the net he used to nab some of the world's best talent to take part in his evocative and echtian productions. Caught in that shroud -- and the shrapnel stitched inside -- were Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright, co-stars --...
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When Henri Parens was 12 years old, he escaped a French concentration camp by crawling across train tracks, running through a barren vineyard and hiding in a toilet stall overnight. The following year, he traveled to the United States by himself, where he lived with a host family in Pittsburgh. It was then, in 1942, that he learned that his...
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