Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775

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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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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
We've partied, dined (and probably overeaten) and now it's time to unwind. What better way than to curl up with a good book, and read about food. Here are some of the volumes I found intriguing this year. · My Life in France -- This is Julia Child's life story as told to her grandnephew Paul Prud'Homme. There are the...
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They're really just stone steps, all 72 of them: five flights of 13 and another with seven steps -- and those last ones are always the toughest on the legs. But throw in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the panoramic view of Center City in the backdrop, along with some background music provided by film composer Bill Conti's "Gonna...
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Its place in politics, its place in social criticism - See more at: http://je.pliner.com/article/11705/Art_as_a_Weapon/#sthash.WoypezFx.dpuf
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My father was a mass of contradictions. He was perhaps the only Jewish person I ever knew who'd lived through the Great Depression and never harbored a single left-wing sentiment. He was a Jewish conservative before anyone knew such an animal existed -- and a staunch anti-Communist in an age when Jewish radicalism had a romantic aura to it. Because...
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