Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Av 13, 5775

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There are some weeks when Fred Siegel severs his arm three, four times on average. While blood oozes out across the stage, Siegel, playing a mad scientist named Dr. Zombini, hums a little "dismemberment music" -- the Frank Sinatra hit "I've Got You Under My Skin." Pretty unusual schtik for a university professor. But Siegel, 46, has plenty of tricks...
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
We've partied, dined (and probably overeaten) and now it's time to unwind. What better way than to curl up with a good book, and read about food. Here are some of the volumes I found intriguing this year. · My Life in France -- This is Julia Child's life story as told to her grandnephew Paul Prud'Homme. There are the...
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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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Mel Gibson ... Renaissance man? Maybe, if you believe that there's been a renaissance of anti-Semitic rancor bound to a bias so deep, it's no wonder that the once hero-worshiped as Mel and Michael Richards go off the deep end without seeing the diving board crumple below them. But is this a new New Year's resolution of the hate-monger, to...
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The diary of a frank self-reckoning ... It was their candid self-appraisal of the chaos that engulfed them that helped lead Long Beach, Calif., inner-city students of the 1990s out of the attic of ache into the mainstream of meaningful lives. And it all started with getting to know a young woman whose optimism opened up their lives while closing...
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