Monday, May 25, 2015 Sivan 7, 5775
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It was a dreary morning in Amsterdam -- the date was Nov. 4, 2004 -- when 26-year-old Mohammas Bouyeri, a Moroccan Dutchman wearing a gray raincoat and prayer hat, shot and killed Theo van Gogh, the great-grandnephew of the famous painter, while the filmmaker was riding his bicycle. Witnesses, shocked by this random-seeming burst of violence, said that they were...
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I'm a complete sucker for books about books, whether they're written by dedicated collectors or by passionate readers who talk about the works they love above all others. So when I was browsing recently in a bookstore and came across the title The Book That Changed My Life , I decided to shell out the $18 -- a bargain by...
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Answers to some difficult questions
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Just about fours years ago, Targum Press issued a book on intermarriage titled Why Marry Jewish? and I thought then, and for a long time afterward, that it couldn't be topped. Subtitled Surprising Reasons for Jews to Marry Jews , it was the work of Doron Kornbluth, who had already written a classic work called Jewish Matters: A Pocketbook of...
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What do we ask of an art book? On the most basic level, you might expect to gain a certain amount of aesthetic pleasure from perusing such a volume, the chance to leisurely dwell over works you might never actually see in your lifetime, very often lovingly reproduced on heavy stock paper that brings out all the hues and tonal...
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Or when is it enough: A biographer's dilemma
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When Florence Noiville's Isaac B. Singer: A Life arrived in my office, just the look of the book -- it's sheer lack of heft -- made me sit up and take notice. Here was the biography of a major 20th-century writer -- a Nobel Prize winner, at that -- and the volume topped off, with index, at under 200 pages...
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