Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
It's not surprising that, after more than 35 years of reporting on the people, history and culture of the Middle East, American journalist Robin Wright's fifth book should focus on this volatile, chameleon-like region. Dreams and Shadows , just released by Penguin Press, is subtitled The Future of the Middle East . Wright's assignments for various prestigious publications have sent...
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What it means to roam the aisles of bookstores
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I don't know how the situation has gotten to this point exactly, but I do most of my book buying on the Web now, making fewer and fewer visits to bookstores. That may not sound like so alarming an admission to make in our Internet-saturated age, but you've got to understand the role that bookstores have played in my life...
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... and how it changed from an economic investment to an emotional one
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Even in his later years, William Post could vividly recall his arrival in America. After his boat docked in New York harbor, he was taken on a small launch to Ellis Island. There, he was literally herded into a cavernous building where he sat for hours until, at last, his name was called. While speaking with an official and answering...
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Not entirely, but be prepared to think these poems through
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Paul Celan, like Tadeusz Borowski and Primo Levi, was a writer and survivor who committed suicide many years after leaving the horrific universe of the Nazi death camps. Celan is not as widely known as Levi -- his work is far too fearsome in its depth and obscurity to ensure a wide readership -- though he is considered by discerning...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
At first glance, Jonathan Rosen's latest book, The Life of the Skies , subtitled Birding at the End of Nature , seems to be about, well, birds. But The Life of the Skies is about more than that. While exploring history, religion and culture, as found in literature spanning thousands of years, Rosen shows his readers -- and, in fact,...
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