Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774
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SPEAKING VOLUMES The deep divide between the East and West Coast artistic communities was an undeniable fact of 20th-century creative life in America and was apparent in the realm of literature -- poetry, especially -- and was also at play in the field of photography. Alfred Stieglitz was likely the pinnacle of the Eastern establishment, while someone like Edward Weston...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Of Israeli novelist Yoel Hoffmann's delicate, unorthodox writing, several things can definitively be said. He is directly in the modernist tradition, if by a modernist we mean someone who resists following traditional ideas of narrative flow and character development. Instead, Hoffmann is fond of fracturing his tale into any number of small, delicate pieces, which are sometimes even...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
Dara Horn might just be the only parent to ever get a pink $2 bill as a Mother's Day gift. This, however, was no ordinary note; it was Confederate currency, festooned with the likeness of Judah Benjamin, the South's secretary of state, who also happened to be Jewish. The recent gift was a fitting one for the New Jersey native...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Reinventing Ritual is another one of those colorful, compact, exquisitely produced catalogues raisonné that Yale University Press produces every year. This particular volume, like several of the previous and more notable ones, is tied to a show (with the same title) now up and running at the Jewish Museum in Manhattan. The work's subtitle says it all: "Contemporary...
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A little bit of both this holiday season
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SPEAKING VOLUMES As the High Holidays approach, publishers begin rolling out their appropriate "seasonal" titles; and among them each year will always be the one book that looks at modern life from a theistic point of view, providing a diagnosis of what's wrong with society and its many members, and eventually prescribing antidotes to the illnesses that plague us. Such...
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