I was never a fan of Amy Winehouse's music, but I think I understood where it came from. Like me, Winehouse grew up enthralled by black music, and with hip-hop in particular. Winehouse--who died on Sunday at 27, and was buried today in accordance with Jewish custom--told The Los Angeles Times a few years ago that her first singing act was in a female hip-hop duo. She formed th
As a general rule, I don't cheerlead for people I've written about. But I'll allow myself this: hats off, again, to Howard Jacobson, whose novel "The Finkler Question" was shortlisted today for the Man Booker Prize. Jacobson, one of Britain's most respected and funniest writers, did an interview with me a couple of weeks ago.