Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774

The story behind the stories of a famed filmmaker
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Conversations With John Schlesinger is full of surprises. The first of them is that the work has appeared as a paperback without a bit of fanfare accompanying it, as if the publisher, Random House, had second thoughts. The work is by Ian Buruma, who's no slouch among contemporary scribblers, having produced such estimable works as The Wages of Guilt and...
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Fire up the grill — and the salads!
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Louise Fiszer, JE Feature
On May 2, Israel honored her war heroes in a day of remembrance called Yom Hazikaron. It is a somber day, beginning with the blares of sirens, when everything comes to a standstill, remembering the nation's fallen. Places of entertainment are closed, and loved ones are mourned in ceremonies in every community. Then, at sunset, the mood swings to joyous...
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Summer family trips are a time-honored tradition. From a cross-country drive to visit the grandparents to a trip to a national park, for many folks, the season just wouldn’t be complete without the annual vacation. As any parent knows, traveling with kids can be wonderful, sharing their excitement as they explore new places or reconnect with distant relatives. But it...
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Octogenarian Helen Thomas - better known as the "Dean of the Washington Press Corps" - has not been shy about criticizing the president or the war in Iraq. From interviews to speeches to her forthcoming book, Watchdogs of Democracy? The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public , the 87-year-old reporter turned columnist - who still...
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A blockbuster with potential for a religious backlash
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Just why is Mona Lisa smiling? Probably because she didn't have to stand in line to get good seats at this Friday's opening of "The Da Vinci Code." Or maybe, she's glad she wasn't invited to "The Last Supper." After all, look at the tzuris it meant for Mary Magdalene? Whatever she's smiling about, there are others frowning on this...
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