Saturday, October 10, 2015 Tishri 27, 5776

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
An incredible mind, for sure, though touched by blatant prejudice
A new book about T.S. Eliot is always an occasion, of one sort or another, depending on who's doing the reading or who's formulating an assessment. Those with purely literary interests want the author of such a study to give them some new critical entry or insight into the life or the poems or both. When it was announced that...
A great new anthology by the great Harold Bloom
So what actually constitutes an "American religious poem"? That's the question at the heart of a new anthology, titled, appropriately enough, American Religious Poems . It's been edited by the indefatigable Harold Bloom, the masterful literary critic and Yale University professor, with the assistance of Jesse Zuba, and published by the ever-enterprising Library of America. Both editors have provided answers...
Media Clippings Several weeks ago, I heaped much-needed praise on Child magazine, which has always seemed to me to be the best of the ever-burgeoning crop of parenting magazines. Granted, a lot of it -- as is true of its competitors -- is fluff, but there is always at least one article per issue that's deserving of attention, that manages...
... and the naivete to believe it's always a possibility
Sometimes, I get a book in the mail, and I have to scratch my head in befuddlement about why it was sent to me. Such was the case with The Buddha and the Terrorist by Satish Kumar. It's a small, delicate volume, clearly published with consideration and care by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a reputable publisher. But why I...
Media Clippings Back in the good old days -- meaning 25 years or so ago -- there was a wonderful Jewish magazine called Present Tense, which was published by the American Jewish Committee, the same people who (still) put out Commentary. When Norman Podhoretz took over at the helm of Commentary, he turned it so far to the right that...


Robert Leiter served as senior editor of the Jewish Exponent before retiring in Dec. 2013. 

In his 30 years with the paper, he 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 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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