Thursday, August 27, 2015 Elul 12, 5775

David Goodis was a product -- and the poet -- of Philly's mean streets
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David Goodis is the cult writer supreme, eclipsed perhaps only by Philip K. Dick of science-fiction fame and Jim Thompson, whom Goodis resembles, at least in a literary sense. All of the elements fell into place fairly early for Goodis to justify the bestowal of cult status: He, like Thompson and Dick, wrote genre fiction, in his case noir crime...
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Mel Gibson ... Renaissance man? Maybe, if you believe that there's been a renaissance of anti-Semitic rancor bound to a bias so deep, it's no wonder that the once hero-worshiped as Mel and Michael Richards go off the deep end without seeing the diving board crumple below them. But is this a new New Year's resolution of the hate-monger, to...
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The diary of a frank self-reckoning ... It was their candid self-appraisal of the chaos that engulfed them that helped lead Long Beach, Calif., inner-city students of the 1990s out of the attic of ache into the mainstream of meaningful lives. And it all started with getting to know a young woman whose optimism opened up their lives while closing...
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Louise Fiszer, JE Feature
Erev Rosh Hashanah -- the Jewish New Year's Eve -- is a time for gathering around the holiday table with as many family members and friends that can fit. After the meal, we're off to synagogue for the first holiday service. It's a wonderfully religious and emotional time. Now, the secular New Year brings about a different mood. I typically...
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"Can you get more Jewish than that?" Say that with a Chandler accent and you'll get the drift of how Matthew Perry's new role, this one as Jewish producer Matt Albie on NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," outstrips just about any other current TV character proclaiming his Jewishness. Gentile, not Jewish himself, Perry parades his talent channeling a...
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