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Books: Portrait of a Man Known as Il Condottiere by Georges Perec

April 27, 2015


“On Jewish and artistic authenticity wrt Georges Perec’s first novel” What does fiction about art forgery have to do with Jewish identity? In my New York Journal of Books review I praise Perec’s first novel as “a fully realized and mature work of fiction.” Read that review first. Additional remarks that appeared in a different and […]

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 […]

Jewish Literature 101: Recommended Jewish fiction and poetry books of 2010

January 1, 2011


Now that another secular calendar year is beginning I would like to share my recommendations of Jewish fiction and poetry books published last year. This is not a “best of” list, merely a list of Jewish themed books published in 2010 that I have actually read and reviewed at my other writing gig as a […]

MFA vs. NYC: America now has two distinct literary cultures. Which one will last? – By Chad Harbach – Slate Magazine

November 28, 2010


The following article is excerpted from the latest issue of n+1 magazine. This article is available online only in Slate. ‎”No one with ‘literary’ aspirations will expect to earn a living by publishing books; the glory days when publishers still waffled between patronage and commerce will be much lamented. The lit-lovers who used to become […]

Pictures – Libeskind Hanukkah Lamp Exhibition – New York NY

November 21, 2010


Jewish Museum menorah pics from A Hanukkah Project: Daniel Libeskind s Line of Fire exhibit. Hanukkah Lamp, Palestine (Israel) c. 1880-1930. Chiseled and painted limestone.  

Jewish Museum 11/19/10-01/20/11: Daniel Libeskind does Hanukkah – New York NY

November 20, 2010


In “A Hanukkah Project: Daniel Libeskind’s Line of Fire” 40 hanukkiot (Hanukkah menorahs) selected by curator Susan Braunstein from The Jewish Museum’s permanent collection of over 500 hanukkiot are displayed on a stand designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. Read the entire article and view a slideshow of the exhibited hanukkiot.      

One-woman shows by Jewish dramatists Sivan Hadari and Mayo Simon – New York NY

November 9, 2010


New works by two young Jewish women dramatists will be performed at separate and unrelated Manhattan venues Thursday night November 11, 2010. Read more on  

Jewish Museum 10/29/10-03/27/11: Houdini Art and Magic part 2 – New York NY |

October 28, 2010


Joe Coleman, The Man Who Walked Through Walls (Harry Houdini), 1995, acrylic on masonite. Collection of David and Rhonda Denholtz My previous article provides an overview of Harry Houdini‘s life and career and its depiction in The Jewish Museum exhibit that opens Friday, October 29, 2010. After pushing his body to its limits in feats […]

Jewish Museum 10/29/10-03/27/11: Houdini Art and Magic part 1 – New York NY

October 28, 2010


On Friday October 29, 2010 The Jewish Museum will present Houdini: Art and Magic, the first major art museum exhibition to examine the life, legend and enduring cultural influence of Harry Houdini. The exhibit will explore the career and lasting impact of the magician, escape artist, vaudeville entertainer, silent movie actor, author and lecturer through […]

Art 101: Joan Snyder and Russell Roberts solo shows

October 22, 2010


“Brooklyn 2010” by Joan Snyder The works of two abstract painters who are also Jewish New Yorkers are the subjects of solo shows at two Manhattan galleries. The Betty Cunningham Gallery is displaying fifteen paintings by Joan Snyder through October 30, 2010 in an exhibit entitled “A Year in the Painting Life.” The gallery is […]