Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Elul 25, 5776

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SPEAKING VOLUMES Phil Camp, the central character of Bill Scheft's third novel, Everything Hurts , published by Simon & Schuster, is grappling with a number of significant dilemmas as the narrative opens. For one thing, everything does really hurt; his body is a hotbed of pain. It's localized in his leg -- he has a pronounced limp at those times...
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Jeff Daniels is a man of God. Make that two Gods. There is the one whose messages he delivers as "The Answer Man," in the romantic comedy opening July 24; then there is the one he answers to in the Tony Award-winning "God of Carnage" on Broadway. In both, it's a comic bloodbath. While "Carnage" is a ticket to die...
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Hilarity as a healer? It couldn't hurt!
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You bring the marshmallows; Brad Trackman will bring the roast. A comedy camp for kids? Take my teens -- please! But that's exactly what Trackman -- a national headlining comedian with many cable and late-night TV appearances to his case of credits -- is attempting to do: Taking teens whose big battles may be with acne and awkwardness, and changing...
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Peter Balakian is primarily a poet, with several acclaimed volumes to his credit. But beginning in the late 1990s, with the appearance of his prize-winning memoir, Black Dog of Fate , recently reissued by Basic Books in a updated edition, Balakian began delving into his family's Armenian past, and especially the fate of certain members at the hands of the...
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Rivka Tal
Mention the word "goulash" and a lot of people automatically add the word, "Hungarian." Few would argue that the hearty beef stew was born in Middle Europe. The dish, as well as the word gulyás , actually hails from Hungary. Gulyá literally means "herd of cattle"; hence, gulyás means "cowherd." The meal prepared in a kettle by cowherds is called...
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