“I believe that within each person is the capacity to be kind, humane, generous, and loving towards others – that is, to be an ethical human being. This shared or common capacity – or light – connects us all to each other, despite all the class, ethnic, national, racial, and other barriers that exist through […]
Oliver Sacks on Humans and Myth-Making
“The Jewish Time Bomb”, Yehuda Amichai
On my desk is a stone with “Amen” carved on it, one survivor fragment of the thousands upon thousands of bits of broken tombstones in Jewish graveyards. I know all these broken pieces now fill the great Jewish time bomb along with the other fragments and shrapnel, broken Tablets of the Law broken altars broken […]
75 Years Ago: Kristallnacht /Death Fugue by Paul Celan, and a brief film.
Death Fugue Black milk of daybreak we drink it at sundown we drink it at noon in the morning we drink it at night we drink it and drink it we dig a grave in the breezes there one lies unconfined A man lives in the house he plays with the serpents he writes he […]
God Wrestling – Shalom Auslander
George W. Bush Wants To Convert You — and Destroy the Jewish Faith – Forward.com
George W. Bush Wants To Convert You — and Destroy the Jewish Faith – Forward.com.
Walk to Ceasaria
My God, My God, may these things never end, the sand and the sea, the rustle of the waters, the flash in the heavens, the prayer of Man. by Hannah Senesh, executed by firing squad on this date in 1944. Regina Spektor’s rendition of the poem:
Andy Statman Trio with David Grisman: Flatbush Waltz
Saul Bellow reads his fiction
AFP: Hungarians protest against unveiling of Hitler-ally statue
AFP: Hungarians protest against unveiling of Hitler-ally statue.
Secular Jewish Culture/Radical Poetic Practice
Secular Jewish Culture/Radical Poetic Practice.
No Laughing Matter – Amis and Hitchens
Martin Amis and Christopher Hitchens on Saul Bellow, Anti-Semitism, Islamism, Israel. Christopher Hitchens on being a Jew.
Did Bernard Malamuds The Fixer Plagiarize Mendel Beilis? – Tablet Magazine
Did Bernard Malamuds The Fixer Plagiarize Mendel Beilis? – Tablet Magazine.
Laurie Anderson’s obituary for her husband, Lou Reed, in The East Hampton Star. To our neighbors: What a beautiful fall! Everything shimmering and golden and all that incredible soft light. Water surrounding us. Lou and I have spent a lot of time here in the past few years, and even though we’re city […]