Arts & Culture

Snapshots: An Excerpt

Snapshots: An Excerpt
By September 1, 2007

Acclaimed author Michal Govrin’s Snapshots, excerpted here for the first time, received Israel’s 2003 AKUM Prize. Govrin’s hybrid text draws from traditional Jewish sources and both modernist and postmodern poetics. The novel’s collage of letters, drawings, and photographs reveals the … Read More

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How to Clean a Fish Tank

How to Clean a Fish Tank
By August 7, 2007

Here’s something most of us will never be able to say: There’s a guy here right now in my house cleaning my 1,000 gallon saltwater aquarium. And go figure, it comes from income.com‘s blog.

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Jews and Pop Culture: If Not Now, When? And if Now, Why?

Jews and Pop Culture: If Not Now, When? And if Now, Why?
By August 1, 2007

Reviewed: Paul Buhle Jews and American Popular Culture Praeger Publishers 2007   Growing up in England, where the “popular” of “popular culture” precluded anything but a couple of token Jewish representatives, I felt that our imports from America were some … Read More

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What the Angry Atheists Get Wrong

What the Angry Atheists Get Wrong
By July 23, 2007

Recent polemics by proud and angry atheists have gotten many of us—faithful and skeptical alike—thinking better of belief in God. Books like Sam Harris’s Letter to a Christian Nation, Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion, and most recently, Christopher Hitchens’s God … Read More

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What’s So Funny About Sex, Pop & Understanding?

What’s So Funny About Sex, Pop & Understanding?
By July 17, 2007

For a while now, it's been a half-joking and half-serious suggestion on my part: fight terror by making female Muslim pop stars the next J.Lo and Beyonce. Right off the bat, seeing a Lebanese Shi'a who looks like this will … Read More

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The Best of Harry Potter Fan Fiction

The Best of Harry Potter Fan Fiction
By July 16, 2007

I have a sick fascination with fan fiction, those often epic-novels written by ardent fans of movies, television shows, books, boy bands, video games and, strangely, real people. It’s not simply that I’m interested in the intense fandom exhibited by … Read More

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A Long Way from Zion

A Long Way from Zion
By July 1, 2007

Reviewed: Michael Chabon The Yiddish Policemen’s Union HarperCollins, 2007 Michael Chabon knows how to shmear it on. In the debate between art and entertainment, he sides loudly with the latter, shouting out with each successive sentence, watch me as I … Read More

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Inside the German Brain: An English Neurosurgeon Abroad

Inside the German Brain: An English Neurosurgeon Abroad
By July 1, 2007

Once you get used to the smell of formaldehyde, operating on the heads of cadavers is one of the pleasures of being a surgeon. Cutting open any human head to appreciate and learn its anatomy is a unique opportunity for … Read More

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