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Oct. 22: Gary Shteyngart, Jonathan Safran Foer

One bearded Jewish novelist talks to another about life and stuff. In partnership with the Genesis Philanthropy Group.

09/30/2014
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Who:  Gary Shteyngart, Jonathan Safran Foer
What:  Talking writing, life and the writing life
Where:  The Great Hall at Cooper Union
When:  Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Why:  One wrote Little Failure; the other Everything Is Illuminated.

Gary Shteyngart

Authors Foer, Krauss Have Been Separated For A Year

06/19/2014
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Award-winning Jewish authors Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss are legally separated.

No More Questions: Leon Wieseltier and the New American Haggadah

If Leon Wieseltier would for once drop his surly, admonitory tone perhaps more people would listen.  For what he delivers in his scathing review of the New American Haggadah is certainly worth reading.  There are precious few people who are as learned in both Hebrew and English literature as he.  And that’s why, even if you disagree with his reading of the new Haggadah, you will undoubte

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close": Adorno's Ghost and 9/11

It’s probably impossible to count the number of film reviews that attack kitschy takes on the Holocaust like this: “an impossible movie that has no reason for being other than as another pop-culture palliative for a trauma it can’t bear to face.” 

Or like this: “This is how kitsch works. It exploits familiar images, be they puppies or babies …and tries to make us feel good, even virtuous, simply about feeling.”

Tim Boxer: ‘Let’s Shoot Only With Movies’

05/09/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Before Liev Schreiber headed to the Paris Theater on May 5 to accept an award at the Israel Film Festival, he said he did “what every good Jewish boy would do — I called my mother.”

 

His mom, Heather, told him to say it’s wonderful to be a Jew.

Of course Schreiber immediately responded, “But ma, is it not also wonderful to not be a Jew?”

Mom replied, “How should I know?”

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber at Israel Film Festival. Photo by Tim Boxer

Are There Too Many Jewish Writers?

 

The author Gabriel Brownstein takes up the old question -- are you a Jewish writer, or just "a writer"? -- in an interesting essay for The Millions. He goes over well-trodden territory, like the rea difficulty the first popular class of American Jewish writers -- Roth, Bellow and Malamud -- had accepting this label.

 

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