Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
An anthology celebrates film criticism as a legitimate form of literary expression
In October 1944, the poet W.H. Auden wrote a fan letter to writer James Agee, sent via The Nation magazine where Agee was a regular contributor. Dear Sirs: I do not care for movies very much and I rarely see them; further, I am suspicious of criticism as the literary genre which, more than any other, recruits epigones, pedants without...
The first edition of Photos That Changed the World appeared in 2000, one of various volumes put out by the great art and photography publisher Prestel to commemorate both the accomplishments and tragedies of the 20th century, in this instance as they were captured in still photography. There's a new edition of the work out this year, and the only...
Media Cl​ippings
Technology has made life better in so many ways, perhaps most especially in assisting many women who have trouble conceiving to eventually give birth to the children they so desperately want. And technological advances have especially helped those young people who've postponed their childbearing efforts till somewhat later in life. But who would have known that having these bundles of...
Media Clippings
Several months ago, I wrote about a phenomenon that's been plaguing many metropolitan centers in America these days: the fact that so few people, especially men, dress up for work anymore. My thoughts on the subject were pegged to an article that appeared in New York magazine called "Up With the Grups." "Grups" was the name the editors applied to...
Excess cuts short a flourishing artistic life
That fabled slice of Paris known as Montparnasse, where art and bohemianism flourished in the early years of the 20th century, was often called a "little international republic," and an "artistic Babel." These descriptive terms referred to the presence of a precocious, talented and highly ambitious band of foreign painters who made the neighborhood their artistic home in the first,...


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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