Friday, July 11, 2014 Tammuz 13, 5774

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
The push and pull of early rock 'n' roll
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I've been told that my ideas about the development of rock 'n' roll tend toward the absurd - and yet I stick to them nonetheless, and look for any chance I can get to expound upon them. Be forewarned: This is one of those chances. I think few people would argue with the statement that rock 'n' roll grew out...
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Media Clippings
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Just when I'd begun getting used to all the chic, self-deprecating humor that fills Heeb magazine, along comes another young editor named Mireille Silcoff with a new Jewish magazine to offer, called - not to put too fine a Jewish point on it - Guilt & Pleasure. And the first thing to be said about the finished product - at...
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Media Clippings
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Soon after I'd complained in this space about the Democratic Party and its move to the far-left reaches of the political spectrum, I ran across a copy of the Feb. 13 issue of The Nation with a cover story titled "The New Face of the Campus Left." It confirmed some of my worst fears about how left-wingers view themselves and...
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The Photography of Lee Friedlander
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Those with any knowledge of American photography who run across the distinctive work of Lee Friedlander for the first time probably find themselves baffled. They would easily be able to identify the influences - and they are numerous - that have fed into this great photographer's work, but like many other viewers, they'd probably be hard-pressed to explain why the...
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… the baby being the Philadelphia Orchestra, of course
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f you don't expect too much from Philadelphia Maestros: Ormandy, Muti, Sawallisch , just out from Temple University Press, you can have a really wonderful time. The book's author, Phyllis White Rodriguez-Peralta, clearly loves the many hours she's spent over the years in the orchestra's company, basking in the glow its three dominant conductors have created. The author's affection and...
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Profile

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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