Sunday, August 30, 2015 Elul 15, 5775

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The first criticism I read about the famous short-story writer Isaac Babel was an essay by Lionel Trilling, then the dean of the New York Jewish intellectual crowd and one of the most prominent academics in the country. His piece was, at the time, one of the central pronouncements on the Soviet Jewish writer's remarkable work and brief, tragic life...
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Ever since grade school, Barbara Klein Moss has had a preoccupation with the notion of an "Edenic" place - a personal Garden of Eden, where an idealized environment affords one a peaceful inner life. The theme has surfaced often in her fiction. Now, thanks to a recent grant, she has taken a step closer to her own paradise, which she...
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My Groundhog Day party was a hit. Always is. Every year. Like clockwork. With a little inspiration, we can turn any calendar anomaly into a holiday, and any holiday into an event. TuB'Shevat seder. Purimschpiel. "Do Business in Your Bathrobe Day." Even Super Bowl Sunday can be fun once you turn off the TV and dig into the hummus. There...
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If it ain't "Brokeback," don't fix it … Just give in, Hollywood seems to be saying. Indeed, everywhere you go - movies, TV, billboards, Western suburbs - there seem to be two cowguys alternately hugging and pushing each other away. Attention, John Wayne: These pilgrims have arrived on a different ship. Sure, "Brokeback Mountain" breaks taboos, but is it the...
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Puss 'n Boots? As long as those boots are Manolo Blahnik. It's all the shoe business you never saw in "Cats": Philadelphia native Kenny Finkle's "Indoor/Outdoor" offers yet another look at a day in the nine lives of the feline phenomenon that has clawed its way into America's id, where cat people are scarier than anything Paul Schrader could have...
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