michael chabon

Chabon’s Vinyl Vision

Blacks, Jews and tikkun olam in an old-school record shop in Oakland.

09/04/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

An achingly poignant vibe of sweet and soulful idealism makes itself heard throughout Michael Chabon’s latest novel, “Telegraph Avenue” (HarperCollins). While it’s set in Oakland, Calif., in 2004, the novel’s realistic backdrop belies the romanticized wistfulness that lies at the core of Chabon’s lively portrait of a community.

Chabon conjures a winning soundtrack from the eclectic bins of Brokeland Records.

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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