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Hatred Of Convention

02/22/2002
Staff Writer
A few years ago, Jane DeLynn was having a hard time selling her most recent novel. Commercial publishers were not lining up to buy “Leash,” a nihilistic story of a lesbian’s sadomasochism, with the shocking conclusion of her opting to have her hands bound and her vocal cords cut to live her life as a dog. An admired, if not widely known, author of three novels and a story collection, DeLynn decided her best option was to go with Semiotext(e), an obscure but influential publisher of French theory and avant-garde literature.

Nazi Artist, Muted Opening

02/15/2002
Staff Writer
A month after controversy engulfed The Jewish Museum’s upcoming exhibition of Nazi imagery in contemporary art, the real thing is now on display in a Chelsea gallery. Scheduling Leni Riefenstahl’s first New York solo show of photographs from “Olympia,” her film about the 1936 Berlin Games, to coincide with the Salt Lake Olympic Games, gallery owners Marianne Boesky and Marla Hamburg Kennedy are now scrambling to soften the impact of their exhibition of Hitler’s favorite filmmaker.

Split Infinitives

11/09/2001
Staff Writer
Pity poor Zeno, tormented by his weakness for cigarettes, guilt about his mistress and unresolved tensions with his father. At his psychoanalyst’s suggestion, Zeno writes his memoirs, but the result is the imperfect recollection of an intelligent man blindsided by swirling desires and frozen by inhibitions. Zeno, the prematurely aged protagonist of Italian Jewish writer Italo Svevo’s comic masterpiece “Confessions of Zeno,” deeply resonated with William Kentridge when he first read the book in college.

Portrait Of The Artist As An Older Man

Jewish Week Book Critic
12/09/2009

I would love William D. Kaufman’s stories even if he weren’t 95 and this wasn’t his first book.

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The Good Life: New Horizons for the 50+ Set

12/09/2009

The day you leave the office with your gold watch is a poor time to start thinking about how to make investments. But in today’s wait-and-see economy, more middle-aged workers are putting off the tough decisions, says Spencer Sherman, author of “The Cure For Money Madness (Random House).

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Unfair Competition?

11/29/2002
Staff Writer
Chanukah starts this weekend, but for some American Judaica merchants and artists the holiday season was over weeks ago. In fact, they say the Chanukah gift-buying season, traditionally a major source of their annual sales, never began. Besides the U.S. economic recession affecting many businesses, they are blaming another culprit: the proliferation of Israel expos and fairs promoting Israeli retailers and craftspeople being sponsored around the country by synagogues and Jewish community centers, with millions of dollars at stake.

No Singular 'Sensation'

10/15/1999
Staff Writer
As the "Sensation" storm raged last month, the fact that a Catholic mayor was accusing the Brooklyn Museum's Jewish director of promoting Catholic bashing was noted but not highlighted. Now with the controversy being decided in Manhattan Federal Court, Jewish involvement in the affair is being scrutinized further, even as it becomes clearer that the city's Jewish community has split along political lines.

... And Butterflies, Too

04/17/2009
Staff Writer
The library of Houston’s Holocaust Museum looks like a butterfly refuge. An artist’s vision of a butterfly refuge, that is. Hanging from the ceiling, nailed to the walls, sitting on the floor are butterflies fashioned from paper, papier-mache, stained glass and other media. The art works are among the early submissions in a long-term Butterfly Project initiated by the 13-year-old institution.
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