Literature

W. S. Merwin Speaks!

Last week the big poetry news was W.S. Merwin's appointment as the U.S. Poet Laureate.  It's a largely symbolic honor, but an incredibly big one all the same. And yet it was hard not to fall upon the easy story-line, which most in the press did: why him?

The Prophet Williams, William Carlos Williams

Hats off the the 92nd Street Y's Poetry Center Archives.  If you haven't heard of it yet, basically, it's one of the poetry gems on the Web.  The 92nd Street Y's Utenberg Poetry Center has, for decades, been inviting renowned poets to give lectures, read, and teach poetry to readers and writers. And they haven't lost a step in the digital age.  Many new poetry readings are quickly posted online, and they've also begun posting archived readings on the Web too. 

Furious And Astounded

05/04/2010

I am furious and astounded as to how a paper that calls itself The Jewish Week could allow an ad that is so anti-Israel, anti-Jewish in its paper (“An open letter to Elie Wiesel on Jerusalem,” April 30).
Change your name to The Arab Week. Though certainly there is no shortage of propaganda against Israel, why you would join the opposition is beyond comprehension. I plan to stop my subscription.

 

Blame It On Rio

Not even a beautiful Mossad agent can
save the Bondian romp, ‘Lost in Rio.’

05/04/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Life was so much simpler in 1967. For a brief moment, everyone loved Israel, the plucky little country that fended off attacks from all its much larger, more powerful neighbors. With the U.S. involved in an unpopular war in Vietnam, it was comfortable for progressives to view the Israelis as a model for the Third World, a nation too tough to take crap from the big boys.

No 007: Jean Dujardin and Louise Monot in scene from “OSS 117 — Lost in Rio.”

J Street Ad Responds To Wiesel

04/27/2010

(JTA) —  J Street is placing full-page ads in Jewish weekly newspapers on the topic of securing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel under a two-state solution.
 
The ad, to be placed in seven newspapers in cities with large Jewish populations, features an Op-Ed written by former Israeli Cabinet minister and political commentator Yossi Sarid. It comes in response to an open letter by Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel published in an ad in several newspapers earlier this month.
 

Augie March, In The Flesh

Norman Mailer could throw a punch, but as a writer he bobbed and weaved around his Jewishness.

11/14/2007
Special To The Jewish Week

One virtue of the novel is that fictional characters often outlive the novelist who created them. Actually, that’s one of the reasons why some people give up their day jobs to tell stories instead. Aside from having children, fiction writing is one of the best ways to leave evidence of oneself. And, in some cases — think Atticus Finch, Ebenezer Scrooge, and Tom Sawyer — it can even lead to immortality.
 

The Conning Of Jewish America

Madoff, Rosenblat and a communal trust betrayed.

01/08/2009
Special To The Jewish Week

As if things couldn’t possibly get any worse, being a Jew suddenly got even tougher.
 

Israel is being condemned for having unleashed its own version of “shock and awe” in Gaza. The unremitting rocket attacks inside Israel — during a purported cease-fire — generated little public outcry until Israel decided to do something about it.
 

Taking On Glenn Beck — With Poetry

04/01/2010

 It’s no secret that some Jewish leaders are anxious about a national mood of choleric rage and what it means for populations that have been the targets of past populist surges, starting with the Jews.

But while few have spoken out in public, one group has struck back with biting humor.

It’s the Jewish Funds for Justice that’s behind the just-announced HaikuGlennBeck.com Web site, aimed at a talk radio host and Fox News talk show host who seems to be handsomely profiting from the recent craziness.

Beck’s comment that “social justice” is akin to Nazism provoked a biting response from Jewish Funds for Justice.
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