About Avi Kramer

Avi is a fiction writer living in Boston.

A War We Might Win?

By July 30, 2007

In today’s Times, two analysts from the Brookings Institution have written an op-ed on the seemingly rosy state of affairs in Iraq. Troops are beaming with morale and optimism; their faith in General Petraeus is stalwart. Even the Iraqi people … Read More

Cucumber Soda

Cucumber Soda
By July 30, 2007

Read what The Impulsive Buy blog has to say about Japan's newest beverage craze, proving that the futuristic island nation has chutzpah, or, in the Japanese, ???? (????????).

Shvitz Spritz: Iron Man

Shvitz Spritz: Iron Man
By July 30, 2007

Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. [ESPN] Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman dies at 89. [The Washington Post] Barack Obama's Achilles Heel. [Slate] Can its soccer team's victory in the 2007 Asian Cup … Read More

Weekend Book Roundup

Weekend Book Roundup
By July 29, 2007

The year's best picture books, including this photo from "A Celebration of Black Fatherhood," by Carol Ross. [The Washington Post] Peter Schjeldahl reviews "The Most Arrogant Man in France: Gustave Courbet and the Nineteenth-Century Media Culture," by Petra ten-Doesschate Chu. … Read More

The Week in Jews

The Week in Jews
By July 27, 2007

ANTI-SEMITISM WITH MUSTARD AND SAUERKRAUT THE NEWS: Hebrew National sponsors Mel Gibson trivia question at Giants’ game. Let me clarify: Gibson is the favorite actor of Giants’ Jewish first baseman Ryan Klesko. That fact was revealed as the answer to … Read More

Shvitz Spritz: Red Mosque Round 2

Shvitz Spritz: Red Mosque Round 2
By July 27, 2007

Its first day open after an army raid two weeks ago, student protesters and more violence at Islamabad's Red Mosque. [The New York Times] [BBC] Can Pakistani President Musharraf contain the militant threats? [BBC] Dog fighting, point-shaving, blood doping: Slate … Read More

If Mark Cuban is Right, Then Jewcy’s a Goner

If Mark Cuban is Right, Then Jewcy’s a Goner
By July 26, 2007

Current Dallas Maverick's owner/former owner of Broadcast.com/billionaire who won't spend his money on a decent haircut/guy who's gonna buy the Cubs for $1 billion out-of-pocket cash, says: "The Internet is Dead." And we're working so darn hard at this online … Read More

Kanye West is Actually a Fat White Redneck

By July 26, 2007

I'm recycling here from this morning's Spritz, but this video is worth it for only one minute and eleven seconds of your quickly-fading Thursday afternoon. Actor/comedian Zach Galifianakis, playing a fat farmer dude with a big red beard, lip-synchs to … Read More