Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

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About a decade ago, upon the publication of poet Alan Shapiro's book The Last Happy Occasion , I wrote that he had, until then, lived one of the representative Jewish lives of the 20th century. Any middle-aged American Jewish male who'd ever harbored literary aspirations, even fleetingly, would recognize large swatches of his life in the pages of this collection...
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Telling a story that spans nearly 1,000 years - beginning with the birth of what became a vibrant culture but ending in one of the darkest periods of Jewish history - will not be an easy task. But an international group of historians, scholars and those who simply wish to remember have decided to take on the task in the...
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TVTurn-Ons
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Stella is a scream - and you don't have to be Stanley Kowalski to know that this comedy clan can kill. Indeed, somewhere, Marlon Brando may be mumbling, "I coulda been a contenda, along with David, Michael and Michael." But there's no godfather clause for the deceased that would qualify Brando to join the very lively band of Stella, the...
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Offbeat musings on arts, culture and Philadelphians
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White Noise Heard by Network The welcome mat has been pulled out from under the producers of ABC’s “Welcome to the Neighborhood,” in which a group of white residents in a white-bread community got to choose who their new neighbors would be — housing fairness laws be damned — from groups aiming to win a prize if chosen. The network,...
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(The grill as a hub)
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Andrew Schloss
Grilling is harsh, as likely to incinerate dinner as it is to invigorate it. Although the technique is fraught with pitfalls from choosing the wrong cut of meat to turning ones back on an uncontrolled fire, the No. 1 slip-up is the sauce. Too many novice grill jockeys' know but one type of grilling sauce - the spicy, smoky, tomato-based,...
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