Arts & Culture

The Languages of Vilnius

The Languages of Vilnius
By May 1, 2007

My great-grandfather was born in Vilnius in the late 19th century. After immigrating to America in his early 20s, he changed his last name from Milovsky to Miller, abandoned Orthodoxy, and rarely discussed his previous life. “Nobody in Milwaukee ever … Read More

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When Jewish David Met Irish Eileen

When Jewish David Met Irish Eileen
By April 30, 2007

[Like many bespectacled Jewish men, Eli Valley enjoys making things up about comic books. Unlike your average Chabon or Lethem, however, Valley prefers soap operas to Superman, which is why he’s spent years amassing a collection of genuine 1970s-era romance … Read More

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Ich Bin Ein Bestseller

Ich Bin Ein Bestseller
By March 25, 2007

What a difference a half-century makes. Fifty years ago, Germans were pulling out my relatives’ gold fillings with a vise grip; today, they are sending me and every other Jewish writer they can find large certified checks for the right … Read More

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Adventures in Buenos Aires

Adventures in Buenos Aires
By March 15, 2007

I’m sipping coffee looking out the window of the apartment I’ve rented here in Buenos Aires. A moment ago I forgot where I was. My French doors open onto a balcony overlooking a busy street in Recoleta, the beautiful and … Read More

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Check It Out: What We Miss About Lenny Bruce

Check It Out: What We Miss About Lenny Bruce
By March 10, 2007

Lauren Grodstein’s latest essay describes her plight as a Jewish/Blue State gal married to a Non-Jewish/Red State man. Some jewels from her piece include the classic Jew vs. Goy debate so immortalized by Lenny Bruce and why the Camdens from … Read More

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3rd Annual Broadway Purim Shpiel

3rd Annual Broadway Purim Shpiel
By March 7, 2007

Jewcy was invited to attend the Third Annual Broadway Purim Shpiel, uh, spectacular extravaganza, this weekend and, in lieu of a competent individual, the magazine decided to send me. I was even given a camera in hopes that I might … Read More

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Eric Hobsbawm’s Stalinist Homage to Catalonia

Eric Hobsbawm’s Stalinist Homage to Catalonia
By March 5, 2007

Orwell and the Spanish Civil War are all the rage again. Perhaps brought on by the fusion of fantasy and reality that was the international box office success Pan’s Labyrinth, Western intellectuals have swooped down on the warmed-over carrion of … Read More

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At the Mikveh, Age Four

At the Mikveh, Age Four
By March 1, 2007

For weeks my brothers flooded me with tales of drowning, said the special pool was where young girls sank and did not rise again. When we appeared at the mikveh & attempt to quell the swell of non-Jewish blood swimming … Read More

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