Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
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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I can't remember the last time the Sunday travel section of The New York Times considered Israel as a destination for intrepid tourists. It was definitely years ago, perhaps in the 1990s sometime, once the Oslo Accords had been signed and the world seemed to ease up on Israel a little. In fact, I can count on the fingers of...
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The news seems only to worsen when you consider the future of newspapers. That was part of the premise behind Michael Hirschorn's "Get Me Rewrite!" which appeared in the December Atlantic Monthly . Hirschorn noted that some of the giants of the media industry -- read here, The New York Times -- are finding themselves vulnerable. The Times may not...
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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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A ridiculous coupling of subjects occurred in the "Style" section of The New York Times on Oct. 29. For some reason, this department, which seems dedicated to scraping together as much fluff as can be found in the world, has decided to run a weekly book review. Neither of these pursuits is objectionable -- either devotion to peddling fluff or...
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Profile

Robert Leiter served as senior editor of the Jewish Exponent before retiring in Dec. 2013. 

In his 30 years with the paper, he won many awards and held many positions, from full-time reporter to interim editor. For five years in the early 1980s, he was managing editor of Inside magazine, the Exponent's sister publication, and for seven years in the 2000s, he was the quarterly's editor in chief, while still working full time for the paper.

Since the mid-1980s, he reported from most of the major capitals of Europe for the Exponent, with an emphasis on the Eastern Bloc countries, during and after Communist rule. Throughout this period, he visited Poland, the two Germanies and the Soviet Union with greatest frequency, but also made visits to Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He has also reported from Catalonia, Alsace, Zurich and Venice, as well as from Costa Rica, Norway, India and the Middle East. A number of his journalism awards have been for his reporting from Europe.

He is a contributing editor to The American Poetry Review, which is based in Philadelphia, and in the 1980s, he served as Murray Friedman's assistant to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Washington, D.C.

He has also been a freelance writer for 40 years and his book reviews, short stories, essays, interviews and profiles have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, CommonwealDissent, The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, The New Leader, The Forward, Moment, Redbook, The Pennsylvania GazetteThe Philadelphia BulletinThe Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review and many other mainstream local and national publications.

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