Arts & Culture

A Better Shakespearean Sonnet for Valentine’s Day

A Better Shakespearean Sonnet for Valentine’s Day
By February 14, 2007

With all due respect to Robert Pinsky, it’s not often that Shakespeare’s glorious sequence to “W.H.” is credited with lesbian overtones. Here’s one example of suspected girle-on-girle action, at least according to the excellent Stephen Booth’s annotated Sonnets. What potions … Read More

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Can Sophie’s Choice Be Me?

Can Sophie’s Choice Be Me?
By February 7, 2007

Paul Auster, widely regarded as one of the most respected writers in the world of confusing, existential meta-narratives, promoted his newest book, Travels in the Scriptorium, at the Union Square Barnes & Noble bookstore in New York City. The event … Read More

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On Jewish Writing

On Jewish Writing
By February 1, 2007

1. She was eating a sandwich. What is Jewish writing? If I am Jewish, is that poem I showed you Jewish? If you are Jewish, does your reading make it so? Is it like this sandwich? Is it Jewish, or … Read More

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Ask a Jew a Question and Get a Y-Love Answer

Ask a Jew a Question and Get a Y-Love Answer
By January 1, 2007

“Sing to the Lord a new song… sing to the Lord, all the earth.” Psalms 96 The question: Why do Jews so often pray with the phrase “Our God and God of our fathers?” The answer: If we come to … Read More

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Murder in Amsterdam

Murder in Amsterdam
By December 5, 2006

The Amsterdam apartment where Anne Frank began her diary before going into hiding from the Nazis has been restored to the style of the 1930s to create a refuge for persecuted writers….Using photographs from the family archive and a letter … Read More

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Cooking up Community with the Jews of Turkmenistan

Cooking up Community with the Jews of Turkmenistan
By December 1, 2006

There I was at the bookstore, furtively eyeing lush chicken legs, decadent almond tortes, glistening honey cakes, and sensuous strands of challah. My senses were titillated, my juices running, all from the images in these books. How could I have … Read More

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The Artwork Of Banksy And Art Terrorism

The Artwork Of Banksy And Art Terrorism
By November 28, 2006

British “art terrorist” Banksy envisions a society in which art is no longer cloistered away in galleries and private collections, where it’s no longer whored out and sapped of vitality by commercial sponsors. Banksy imagines a city where art is … Read More

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Day 1 (Dennis Prager): Why Are Atheists So Angry?

Day 1 (Dennis Prager): Why Are Atheists So Angry?
By November 16, 2006

From: Dennis Prager To: Sam Harris Subject: The Faith of Disbelief There is one thing you and I agree on, Sam. You write that you are “quite sure that we need only use words like ‘reason,’ ‘common sense,’ ‘evidence,’ and … Read More

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