“I’m having a love affair,” our cousin Motti confides, “with ghosts.”
Liturgy and family, awe and anger, these mixed ingredients produce a book best savoured in small bites.
The setting: Rosh Chodesh in the woods. Two long-time lovers, newly separated. A fire. And then, three men appear: “‘You shittin us. You witches! Look, there’s candles.’ He notices the tambourine, lying in the dirt.”
Israeli critic Sperber’s review illuminates the Jewish turn away from modernism towards a re-imagining of Judaica. He focuses on artists Dov Abramson, Ken Goldman and Arik Weiss.
In Israel, the conflation of the personal and the political is unavoidable, where the simple fact of what neighborhood, city, or part of the country you live in has implications far beyond yourself.
The Merchant of Venice provides us with a psychological portrait not of the Jews, but of antisemites, whose hatred relieves them from guilt while simultaneously helping them achieve a selfish goal.
Kafka asks, What have I in common with Jews? I have hardly anything in common with myself!” This thought guides the essays collected in Radical Poetics, a new anthology by Stephen Paul Miller and Daniel Morris.
Daniel Morris, Radical Poetics co-editor, offers Zeek an example of radical poetics.
Radical Poetics co-editor Stephen Paul Miller offers Zeek an example of radical poetics.
Bill Morgan’s new edition of Kaddish finally gives us a full picture of Ginsberg’s mother, to whom the poem is dedicated.
A rosh chodesh turns dark when three men break into their campsite and accuse them of witchcraft.
Bad spelling, weird mashups, yutz yiddish–can you beat klezmer musicians at their own game?
Can an Ashkenazi edit a Sephardi anthology? Are there Jewish public intellectual role models today? What should be the role of identity politics?
Jill Nathanson explores and updates the tradition of color-based abstraction, while experimenting with the abstract elements within Jewish thought.
A new diaspora of Israelis living abroad has taken Hebrew literature far from the concerns of the State. In this short story, paranoia and coincidence turn an encounter between an Israeli businessman and an elderly gentlemen on Parisian streets into a meeting with the uncanny. –Adam Rovner, Hebrew translations editor
A founder of post-Kantian German Idealism; a predecessor of French post-structuralism; a guy who thought he could become invisible–meet Salomon Maimon.
My mother had taken the deer roast out of the freezer; my brother Ed was on his way over with some squirrels for my mother to fry up….
Aaron Rosen reviews David Kaufmann’s new book, Telling Stories: Philip Guston’s Later Works (University of California, 2010).
Philip Hollander reviews Amy Horowitz’s Mediterranean Israeli Music and the Politics of the Aesthetic (Wayne State University, 2010).
Zeek has an excerpt of Adam Levin’s novel, The Instructions, which tells the story of young Gurion ben-Judah Maccabee, scholar at Aptakisic alternative junior high.
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