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Sam Lipsyte Inspires a Chosen Few

Sam Lipsyte Inspires a Chosen Few
By April 15, 2010

We haven’t talked about Sam Lipsyte in a few weeks, so we were as pleased as lightning bugs when The Rumpus gave us some ammo by getting four writers to create stories based off sentences off hislatest novel, The Ask. … Read More

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Sam Lipsyte: The Jewcy Interview

Sam Lipsyte: The Jewcy Interview
By March 15, 2010

For Sam Lipsyte, it is time. He is now a Guggenhiem fellow, a writing professor at Columbia University and he is about to publish what people are calling his masterwork with Farrar, Strauss and Giroux. In reality, Homeland, Lipsyte’s second … Read More

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Nina Simone: The High Priestess of Jewish Soul

Nina Simone: The High Priestess of Jewish Soul
By March 2, 2010

There’s this video that’s been floating around for a few years of Nina Simone covering the Israeli folk song “Eretz Zavat Chalav u’Dvash” (Land of Milk and Honey), but there has never been an adequate explanation as to why the … Read More

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A Sam Lipsyte Primer

A Sam Lipsyte Primer
By February 11, 2010

As Lincoln Michael of The Faster Times points out, you have about a month left to prepare yourself for The Ask, the newest novel by writer Sam Lipsyte. For those unfamiliar with any of Lipsyte’s past work, this gives you … Read More

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Gary Shteyngart Becomes American

Gary Shteyngart Becomes American
By January 29, 2010

Unless there is a secret pocket of Choctaw Indians that look at this site, I’m going on under the assumption that very few of us are actual “native Americans.” And if I could go out on even more of a … Read More

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Love Is Free: Thoughts on Raising Seven Adopted Sons

Love Is Free: Thoughts on Raising Seven Adopted Sons
By October 6, 2009

I’m an accountant’s son.  For supper on Wednesday nights, in Gloversville, New York (I say I was born in Vermont, where we moved when I was seven, the year Kennedy was assassinated) my parents fed us instant rice stirred with … Read More

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“Speaking Jewish”

“Speaking Jewish”
By July 21, 2009

“If I say ‘Jewish Art’ to people, even to dear friends, Jewish or not, it’s like saying ‘the world is round’ in 1491. Each new painting sails off where there be monsters.” So wrote American Jewish artist R.B. Kitaj in … Read More

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Borges and the Jews

Borges and the Jews
By June 3, 2009

If I am not one of Thy repetitions or errata…-J.L.B., “The Secret Miracle” Throughout his life, Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) was overwhelmed by a strange feeling of unworthiness. He was, he claimed, unworthy of friendship, love, and public attention. The … Read More

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