It was announced this week that Philip Levine, 83, will be the new U.S. poet laureate. If it isn't obvious from his name, he's Jewish. But that's no surprise with regard to poet laureates--Louise Gluck was the last Jewish honoree, in 2003, and Robert Pinksy held the distinction (i.e. laureate and Jewish) three years before that. Plus, there's Joseph Brodsky, Karl Shapiro, and many others I'm skipping.
On the weekends, I like to get away from work. One of the places where I like to do that is museums. And what better one to visit, if you're looking to avoid Jews (for me, that's my job; not anti-semitism), than the Asia Society? Surely there'd be nothing on view there that would make me think of writing, deadlines and blogging about Jews--that is, work.
On Monday the Upper West Side outlet of the venerated bagel store H&H closed, and not since the death of Michael Jackson has a New York summer seen so much grief. "There Goes a Piece of the Old Neighborhood, Again" ran a New York Times headline in a story dripping with pathos.