Saturday, April 18, 2015 Nisan 29, 5775
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My Father Is a Book , recently published by Houghton Mifflin, is a curious artifact of the literary life as it has evolved in the United States over the last 30 years or so. It's the work of Janna Malamud Smith, the daughter of novelist and short-story writer Bernard Malamud. Like her father, she has been a writer, though in...
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Of the great modernist poets -- meaning artists of the stature of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams -- one of the least recognizable figures must be Charles Reznikoff. Even more than 30 years after his death, he is known only to poetry connoisseurs and certain scholars. That may always be the case, because of the nature of...
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Jewish Writing and the Deep Places of the Imagination , the final work by critic and professor Mark Krupnick, comes with a lot of baggage, though not in a completely negative sense, if such a thing can be said of so loaded a phrase. There's a back story to this book, recently published by the University of Wisconsin Press, that...
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A memoir looks back to post-World War II Greenwich Village
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The Man Who Would Marry Susan Sontag . It''s a curious title even when you match it up with its subtitle: And Other Intimate Portraits of the Bohemian Era . A young Sontag is shown on the cover sitting at what looks like a European or Greenwich Village cafe. And in a separate picture, below her and to the left,...
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The push and pull of early rock 'n' roll
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I've been told that my ideas about the development of rock 'n' roll tend toward the absurd - and yet I stick to them nonetheless, and look for any chance I can get to expound upon them. Be forewarned: This is one of those chances. I think few people would argue with the statement that rock 'n' roll grew out...
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