Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775

Critic Clement Greenberg visited Syracuse often
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Clement Greenberg's name is not one that resonates these days with readers, except possibly among connoisseurs of the art world. But in the 1940s and '50s, he was one of the great cultural brokers in the United States, determining, with a word or a phrase, whose reputations rose or sank in the American art world. He commanded this power from...
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Andrew Schloss, JE Feature
Once upon a time, a long list of ingredients was a soup's best feature. Soups were the way home cooks accounted for the constant buildup of vegetable and meat trimmings, discarded carcasses and herb ends that were the natural by-products of daily meal-making. But now that fewer meals are made from scratch at home, that ongoing inventory of itinerant ingredients...
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The diary of a frank self-reckoning ... It was their candid self-appraisal of the chaos that engulfed them that helped lead Long Beach, Calif., inner-city students of the 1990s out of the attic of ache into the mainstream of meaningful lives. And it all started with getting to know a young woman whose optimism opened up their lives while closing...
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Mel Gibson ... Renaissance man? Maybe, if you believe that there's been a renaissance of anti-Semitic rancor bound to a bias so deep, it's no wonder that the once hero-worshiped as Mel and Michael Richards go off the deep end without seeing the diving board crumple below them. But is this a new New Year's resolution of the hate-monger, to...
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David Goodis was a product -- and the poet -- of Philly's mean streets
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David Goodis is the cult writer supreme, eclipsed perhaps only by Philip K. Dick of science-fiction fame and Jim Thompson, whom Goodis resembles, at least in a literary sense. All of the elements fell into place fairly early for Goodis to justify the bestowal of cult status: He, like Thompson and Dick, wrote genre fiction, in his case noir crime...
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