Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774
A High Holiday work that stresses accountability
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For Reuven Hammer, the High Holidays are associated with the sights and sounds of an upstate New York autumn - leaves turning color, chestnuts falling from the trees, the nip in the air. "I can almost feel myself again in the front yard of the building we always called the 'little shule,' which was not really a synagogue, and certainly...
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The silence in German homes poisoned the atmosphere, within and without
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Earlier this year, the Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld published a memoir, titled The Story of a Life, about his childhood spent on the run from the Nazis, and I praised it as an extraordinary document. Only in the last section of the work, where Appelfeld described his adjustment to living in Israel, did the intensity lessen; for the rest of...
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Michael Grana says he knew from the age of 10. That was back in 1963. "I was infatuated with Barbra Streisand," he explains. "I bought black liquid eyeliner and would lock myself in the bathroom and practice drawing her Nefertiti-like eye extensions. One day the maid knocked. 'Open up. I need the Comet,' she said. 'Give me a minute," I...
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When readers become deeply attached to a popular or classic novel, they're often not happy with what's done to it when it's adapted to film. The more beloved the work, in fact, the more extreme the reaction. But I just discovered that the reverse is sometimes true. When you're not so impressed with a piece of fiction, it can, at...
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"New York had all the iridescence of the beginning of the world," wrote novelist and short story writer F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1932 of the city that would forever be the embodiment of his dreams. David Stravitz, the author and compiler of the clear, crisp photography that fills New York, Empire City, 1920-1945, recently published by Abrams, uses the Fitzgerald...
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