Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774
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Aaron Passman, JE Feture
Jews have been churning out great books for thousands of years, going all the way back to the original best seller, the Five Books of Moses. And, particularly in more recent times, Jewish writers have mined the American experience to produce some of the more memorable novels available in English. With that in mind, Josh Lambert has written American Jewish...
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I have always argued that the 1950s, forever pegged as the decade of conformity, were far more varied and perhaps even more revolutionary -- at least, in the realm of the arts -- than was the subsequent decade that's looked back on, especially by once-radical college students, with sincere fondness. Wherever you look in the '50s, you can see evidence...
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For someone like myself who came of age reading the great works of the 20th-century modernists -- writers like Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Marcel Proust -- the highly ubiquitous postmodernist movement, which was spawned by the excesses and political shenanigans of the 1960s, has generally been an irritant to me. Whether it's Andy Warhol's soup cans or...
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An independent publisher takes a chance on the misunderstood novella
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Every so often, I've used this space to praise small independent publishers who, no matter the economic foolhardiness of their endeavors, forge ahead and never compromise their principles. I'm thinking particularly of one-person operations like Dryad Press down in Maryland and Turtle Point Press right in the thick of things in Manhattan, as well as ventures like New York Review...
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I am a sporadic sports fan -- at best -- these days, and have only ever had a real passion for college football and basketball, and never much tolerance for professional sports (the pay scale seems to me problematic, the kvetching by players is more than I can take, and then there's that whole doping thing). So when a book...
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