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From Brat Packer to Jewish Cowgirl

From Brat Packer to Jewish Cowgirl
By August 22, 2007

It’s rare that you hear about a celebrity’s foray into Judaism that doesn’t involve Philip Berg and the Kabbalah Centre. Madonna changed her name to Esther, but we haven’t yet seen an album bearing that nom de plume. Like Britney … Read More

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On the Road Again with Herbert Gold

On the Road Again with Herbert Gold
By August 2, 2007

Fifty years ago today, Jack Kerouac published On the Road, a drug and jazz-fueled novel chronicling what came to be known as the Rucksack Revolution. In artistic terms, of course, it inspired the Beat movement, whose resonances (coffeehouses, Greenwich Village, … Read More

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Her Own Private Zionism

Her Own Private Zionism
By July 31, 2007

THE AXIS OF CABBAGE I’m a Korean-Irish Jew. My mom was born in North Korea and adopted at eight months by a Reform Jewish family. She was converted, went to Hebrew school, had a Bat Mitzvah and rebelled at 12 … Read More

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From Israel With Love

From Israel With Love
By June 18, 2007

When John Le Carré admitted several years ago he was a longtime agent of Britain's intelligence services, the bestselling spy-thriller writer explained his involvement in the sort of terms you’d expect from someone who had for decades brilliantly captured boys’ … Read More

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Disappearing Act

Disappearing Act
By June 4, 2007

Nathan Englander disappeared for nearly a decade. In 1999, he was a promising young ex-Orthodox author with a widely-praised short story collection, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges. Then he dropped off the radar to write a book about Argentina … Read More

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Disappearing Act: Part Two

Disappearing Act: Part Two
By June 1, 2007

What was the size of the manuscript before you cut the book down? The finished book is 350 pages. I probably handed in 600 pages to my agent, but really, with the footnotes and my annotated raw notes, it was … Read More

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Tales of a Fourth Grade Suicide Bomber

Tales of a Fourth Grade Suicide Bomber
By May 9, 2007

Suspicious of his oversized clothes and nervous movement, Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint ordered Hussam Abdu to stop and lift his hands. “I don’t know how to get this off,” Abdu shouted, tugging at the explosive belt around his waist. … Read More

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Hollywood’s Other Ari

Hollywood’s Other Ari
By March 20, 2007

At the 79th annual Academy Awards, along with Scorsese, Mirren and Whitaker stood a fresh-faced newcomer Ari Sandel, accepting the statue for Best Live Action Short Film for his musical West Bank Story. The sing-songy paean to Arab-Israeli relations was … Read More

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