‘Diary of the Fall” by Michel Laub (Other Press) is a literary novel exploring memory and history, as a young man who is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor and the son of a father suffering from Alzheimer’s looks back at a mistake in his own past, searching for forgiveness. Laub was named one of Granta’s Best Young Brazilian Novelists. (September)
Melanie Daniel’s “Lotus Eaters.” The Israeli-Canadian artist returns with paintings that appear mythological and dreamlike on the surface. Asya Geisberg Gallery, 527 W. 23rd St., asyageisberggallery.com Through Oct. 11.
Shai Kremer’s photographs of the building of One World Trade Center.
When Israeli-born artist Shai Kremer was granted permission to take photographs of the World Trade Center construction site, he had been working on a long-term project entitled “Notes From The Edges,” in which he shot remote places around New York’s five boroughs. Photographing at One World Trade Center site was “fulfilling a dream” for Kremer.
‘After 9/11, a friend and I were talking and came to the realization that the antidote to terror lay in the richness of everyday life that’s around us alw ays, within arm’s and heart’s reach,” said Hollywood photographer Robert Zuckerman, who is known for his advertising and publicity work.
Ongoing: Once again curated by Aaron Alexander, the New York Klezmer Series resumes on Tuesday nights at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue (30 W. 68th St.) on Oct. 7 with the Tarras Band, a true klezmer super group of Pete Sokolow, Michael Winograd, Ben Holmes, Jim Guttman and David Licht. Other groups already booked include the Sy Kushner Ensemble w/Marty Confurius (Oct. 21) and the Deborah Strauss Fiddle Trio (Oct. 28). Keep checking the calendar at http://aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule.
David Homan had no illusions about his financial future as a serious composer. Sitting in a spacious café in Midtown bathed in late-afternoon sunshine, he smiles and says, “I knew that being a composer would never be a way to make a living, so I chose to work as an arts administrator.”
Shulamit Ran, the Israeli-born, Chicago-based, Pulitzer-winning composer, is possessed of extraordinary candor, leavened by her warm wit. When asked what is being celebrated in a “65th anniversary concert” of her music on Sept. 22, performed by the Da Capo Chamber Players, she readily admits complete bafflement.
Tuesdays in September: “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” a wide-ranging series of Hollywood (and Israel) looks at Judaism on Turner Classic Movies, from “The Jazz Singer” to “Sallah.” Probably the most extensive program of Jewish-themed films on national television ever, co-hosted by TCM’s Robert Osborne and Jewish film expert Eric Goldman. The best of the bunch are “Exodus” (Sept. 16) and “The Chosen” (Sept. 30). Turner Classic Movies (check your local listings for more information).
Modern mass armies rely heavily on behind-the-scenes functionaries who will never fire a gun. The old saw that “an army travels on its stomach” could be accurately updated to say that a modern army is dependent on its office supplies.
In an infamous and oft-quoted “secret” speech to his SS troopers, Heinrich Himmler predicted that the world would someday be grateful for the crimes they committed against Europe’s Jews, and that the important thing was for the SS to be remembered for remaining “decent” despite the provocations those people presented. For a long time, it has been unclear whether that rhetorical flourish was provoked by a need to bolster the flagging enthusiasm of his minions, to lie to himself about the nature of their actions and his orders, or the psychological mechanism of “splitting” that made it possible for Himmler and his troops to continue their lethal work without suffering an incapacitating psychological breakdown.