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Author Michael Chabon Opposes Circumcision

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, best known for his novels The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, has a memoir called Manhood for Amateurs coming out this fall. Among other subjects, the book covers his life … Read More

By / July 29, 2009

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, best known for his novels The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, has a memoir called Manhood for Amateurs coming out this fall. Among other subjects, the book covers his life with wife – and fellow author – Ayelet Waldman and their four children. Today’s Page Six has a blurb about Chabon and the comments he makes about circumcision in Manhood:

"Mutilation [is] the only honest name for this raw act that my wife and I have twice invited men with knives to come into our house and perform, in the presence of all our friends and family, with a nice buffet and Weekend Cake from Just Desserts… We have been through all of the standard arguments — hygiene, cancer prevention, psychological fitness, the Zero Mostel tradition . . . and found they are all debatable at best.

First Shalom Auslander, then Sam Apple, and now this? Seems like today’s male Jewish author really has issues with the covenant of circumcision.