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2012 books retrospective

December 24, 2012


via Summaries of my 2012 NYJB book reviews and a plug for Tsipi Keller’s novel “The Prophet of Tenth Street.”

Release Qatari Poet Mohamed Ibn Al Ajami

December 19, 2012


We, the undersigned, including poets, men and women writing, performing and reciting poetry in all corners of the world, urge the Secretary of State or Foreign Minister of our respective countries to appeal to the Qatari Court for the immediate release of our colleague, Qatari poet Mohamed Ibn Al Ajami, who after spending a year […]

Breakup Letters From Famous Authors

December 12, 2012


via Farewell letters from or to (mostly) jilted famous writers including Abe Lincoln, Anaïs Nin, Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, Mary Wollstonecraft, Oscar Wilde, Simone de Beauvoir, and Virginia Woolf.

Judaica: Rube Goldberg like robotic Hanukkah menorah lighter

December 4, 2012


  Technion students design a Rube Goldberg like devise that lights a hanukkiah.     via  

Adam Kirsch’s “Rocket and Lightship: Meditations on life and letters”

December 3, 2012


“To become memorable or brilliant, language needs to be fertilized by egotism.”  Adam Kirsch’s long but worth reading collection of meditations/prose epigrams on the position of writers WRT past writers, future readers, and the present tense; on the respective roles of literature and science; and the role of culture in a technologically evolving civilization (among […]