Arts and Culture

Israeli Ghost Stories

March 8, 2011

“I’m having a love affair,” our cousin Motti confides, “with ghosts.”

Merle Feld Finds Her Words

March 8, 2011

Liturgy and family, awe and anger, these mixed ingredients produce a book best savoured in small bites.

Fiction: Girl's Night Out

February 9, 2011

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.”

Lipstick on a Torah Scroll: A Review of the Zimmun Show

January 28, 2011

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.

Sarah Glidden's Israel

January 19, 2011

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.

“Certainly, the Jew is the Very Devil Incarnate”: Rethinking Antisemitism in the Merchant of Venice

January 19, 2011

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.

What Have I in Common with Jews? A Review of Radical Poetics

December 30, 2010

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.

Poem: Disgrace

December 30, 2010

Daniel Morris, Radical Poetics co-editor, offers Zeek an example of radical poetics.


December 30, 2010

Radical Poetics co-editor Stephen Paul Miller offers Zeek an example of radical poetics.

Ginsberg's Kaddish

December 28, 2010

Bill Morgan’s new edition of Kaddish finally gives us a full picture of Ginsberg’s mother, to whom the poem is dedicated.

Fiction: Girl's Night Out

December 27, 2010

A rosh chodesh turns dark when three men break into their campsite and accuse them of witchcraft.

Klutzy Klezmer: Zeek's First Klezmer Liner Note Contest

December 21, 2010

Bad spelling, weird mashups, yutz yiddish–can you beat klezmer musicians at their own game?

Intellectual in Translation: An Interview with Ilan Stavans

December 14, 2010

Can an Ashkenazi edit a Sephardi anthology? Are there Jewish public intellectual role models today? What should be the role of identity politics?

New Translations: Genesis

December 6, 2010

Jill Nathanson explores and updates the tradition of color-based abstraction, while experimenting with the abstract elements within Jewish thought.

Fiction: Next to the Traffic Signal, Under the Streetlight

December 3, 2010

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

Before Derrida: Salomon Maimon

November 17, 2010

A founder of post-Kantian German Idealism; a predecessor of French post-structuralism; a guy who thought he could become invisible–meet Salomon Maimon.

Food, Glorious Food!

November 12, 2010

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….

Review, "Telling Stories: Philip Guston's Later Works"

November 9, 2010

Aaron Rosen reviews David Kaufmann’s new book, Telling Stories: Philip Guston’s Later Works (University of California, 2010).

Israel's Eastward Beating Heart (Review)

November 2, 2010

Philip Hollander reviews Amy Horowitz’s Mediterranean Israeli Music and the Politics of the Aesthetic (Wayne State University, 2010).

"Gurion's Escape": an excerpt from "The Instructions"

October 29, 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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