The Weekly Yiderati: Virginia Woolf’s Rebbe, The Maus Legacy, Tony Judt, And So Much More For Book Nerds

Our weekly roundup for book nerd news is pretty full this week. Read More

By / February 3, 2012

A Rabbi in the world of the famous Bloomsbury Group? Apparently so. Check out his story here.

Recently, Art Spiegelman of Maus fame, published a new book entitled MetaMaus. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a book describing the process of creating Maus as well as legacy of the book on the world, but more importantly on the artist himself. Here, Lee Konstantinou, from the L.A. Review of Books, writes a highly intelligent review of the book that captures both the gifts and frustrations of MetaMaus.

As people of books, we’ve been trained to learn lessons from our texts, but when it comes to literature this always creates tension in our experience of reading. Laura Miller, one of our best literary critics, discusses this phenomenon in an illuminating article. For fairness sake, here’s an indirect rebuttal from Josh Cook at one of our favorite websites

Ok, let’s admit it, we all are kind of obsessed with Scientology on some level, but don’t actually know anything about it. Here’s a chance to learn. Rachel Aviv has written a great review of an academic book that tackles the church of Scientology for the London Review of Books.

Tony Judt, one of the most captivating, polarizing, public Jewish intellectuals of the 20th century passed away in 2010. However, he has left us much to think about, and his new, posthumous, book Thinking the Twentieth Century, in which he discusses with Timothy Snyder a summation of his ideas on the past century promises to create even more important conversations and ideas for months to come.

Ever heard of the Jewish author Ludwig Lewisohn? Neither have we, but here, D.G. Meyers makes a compelling case that we should.

If you are still interesting in the insanity that continuously goes on in Israel in regards to modesty laws here are two opposing articles from two very smart men. Rabbi Dov Linzer, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times, while Professor Shaul Magid, politely proceeds to tear apart Linzer’s argument. Regardless, they are both edifying.

The greatest books of all time, as voted on by 125 authors. Amazingly cool. Check it out.

Also cool. Joan Didion writing in 1979 on Woody Allen’s early movies from New York Review of Books. Pretty Great

And now, for the lighter side of the Yiderati, I think we should all feel proud that Adam Sandler, the enigmatic comedian has signed on to for the long awaited movie version of Candyland. Shocking, I know. Here are the details. Lastly, Gabe Delahaye, one of our favorite rising comedians has written a great review of the all important 100th episode of Gossip Girls. Enjoy.