Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

Robert Leiter

Senior Editor
Some wonderful works in the works
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This has come to be the season of the small press, at least as far as this column is concerned. Several months ago, I initiated a series of articles about Dryad Press, which is run out of Maryland by poet Merrill Leffler pretty much all by himself. Then, when I was in the midst of reading, writing about and glorying...
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Media Clippings
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So much has been written about the film director Orson Welles that you can convince yourself fairly easily that there's nothing new to say about him. And yet, when a great writer or critic tackles any topic, no matter how daunting or shopworn, he or she can often find some new wrinkle to investigate. Such was the case with a...
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She was known from the start of her career as the "Queen of the Leica." The then new and highly innovative 35mm camera was her instrument of choice, and she played it with great skill throughout the 1930s, especially in Paris. Wherever she pointed her camera -- at people, buildings, landscapes, herself -- she caught something striking and classically balanced,...
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What do you do when your child simply marches to a different drummer? Do you try to straightjacket him -- metaphorically speaking -- make him conform to the rules until he learns how to "succeed" in school and eventually in society? Or do you encourage him go his own way, and let the pieces fall where they may? I'm not...
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The tale of a family that stayed together, no matter what
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Back in January, I reviewed a Holocaust book titled Paper Kisses and began with a single sentence: "This is the saddest story I have ever heard." That happens to be the first line of Ford Madox Ford's great novel The Good Soldier , about the devastating effects of love, passion and a terrible deception. The line works perfectly in Ford's...
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Profile

Robert Leiter is senior editor of the Jewish Exponent. In his 30 years with the paper, he has won many awards and held many positions, from full-time reporter to interim editor. For five years in the early 1980s, he was managing editor of Inside magazine, the Exponent's sister publication, and for seven years in the 2000s, he was the quarterly's editor in chief, while still working full time for the paper.

Since the mid-1980s, he has reported from most of the major capitals of Europe for the Exponent, with an emphasis on the Eastern Bloc countries, during and after Communist rule. Throughout this period, he visited Poland, the two Germanies and the Soviet Union with greatest frequency, but also made visits to Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He has also reported from Catalonia, Alsace, Zurich and Venice, as well as from Costa Rica, Norway, India and the Middle East. A number of his journalism awards have been for his reporting from Europe.

He is a contributing editor to The American Poetry Review, which is based in Philadelphia, and in the 1980s, he served as Murray Friedman's assistant to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Washington, D.C.

He has also been a freelance writer for 40 years and his book reviews, short stories, essays, interviews and profiles have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, CommonwealDissent, The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, The New Leader, The Forward, Moment, Redbook, The Pennsylvania GazetteThe Philadelphia BulletinThe Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review and many other mainstream local and national publications.

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