About Avi Kramer

Avi is a fiction writer living in Boston.

Photos of the Day: China’s Executioners

By July 13, 2007

Following the execution of Zheng Xiaoyu, the former director of China's state Food and Drug Administration, the Times reports today on Zheng's transgression, and it wasn't just exporting shoddy seafood: In his confession, Mr. Zheng acknowledged that during his eight-year … Read More

Shvitz Spritz: 223-201

Shvitz Spritz: 223-201
By July 13, 2007

House votes 223-201 to withdraw troops from Iraq by next spring. [The Huffington Post] DFLP leader could enter West Bank for the first time since the Six Day War. [The Jerusalem Post] With GOP defections, many Republicans calling for withdrawal. … Read More

The Robert Reich Little-Man-Big-Ideas Award: Ken Davenport

The Robert Reich Little-Man-Big-Ideas Award: Ken Davenport
By July 12, 2007

At tonight’s theatre opening, producer Ken Davenport is offering free tickets to virgins to his new off-Broadway comedy, “My First Time.” That’s right, gratis for the chaste, no dough for the cherried. Davenport has hired a hypnotist to cruise the … Read More

Will it Blend? – iPhone

By July 12, 2007

Will it blend? iPhone smoothie coming up.

Shvitz Spritz: In Israel, Darfuris Sent Back

Shvitz Spritz: In Israel, Darfuris Sent Back
By July 12, 2007

"Israel is cracking down on a recent influx of illegal immigrants, many of whom are Sudanese, over its 140-mile border with Egypt." [The Los Angeles Times] Amnesty slams Israel and Lebanon for civilian deaths in last summer's 34-day war. [The … Read More

The Uri Geller Mind-Fuck Award: Michael Chertoff

The Uri Geller Mind-Fuck Award: Michael Chertoff
By July 11, 2007

Geller, a British-Israeli psychic, wows audiences across the globe with his mind's telekinetic and telepathic powers: he bends spoons with nothing more than a focused cranium, and he sees the future (all he can say is: "Go back." Ha! Is … Read More

Mideast News Roundup

Mideast News Roundup
By July 11, 2007

Olmert calls for Syria to resume peace talks with Israel; Blair pushes for greater authority in his peacekeeping role; Iranian executions for rape, adultery, insulting religious sanctities, and homosexuality; The Jewish Agency will house 58 Sudanese refugees near Sderot. [Jewish … Read More

The Week in Jews

The Week in Jews
By July 11, 2007

ON THE RUNWAY: PHILANTHROPY AND CONDOMS THE NEWS: Israeli fashion designers draw attention to the plight of women denied divorce by their husbands. [Jewish Telegraph Agency] THE CHATTER: They may be chic, but the ensemble isn’t complete: Israelis can’t get … Read More