Peter Wortsman

October Short Fuses – Materia Critica

October 4, 2022
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Each month, our arts critics — music, book, theater, dance, television, film, and visual arts — fire off a few brief reviews.

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Theater Review: “The Tattooed Man Tells All” — Memories of a Survivor

November 22, 2020
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Peter Wortsman has made a valuable contribution with this play; it is a rare theatrical account about how living through the Holocaust shaped survivors.

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Book Interview: A New Take on Kafka — A Conversation with Peter Wortsman

October 9, 2016
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The standard view of Kafka reduces him to the patron saint of neurotics.

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Arts Interview with Peter Wortsman: The German Imagination of Fear

March 29, 2013
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“There is a difference between blood and guts, as celebrated in the current vogue of horror-slasher flicks, and the capacity of the darkest of the Grimms’ tales to pierce the thin skin of civility and mainline the dark caverns of the collective unconscious.”

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Book Review: Roving Free Agents of the Imagination

February 25, 2013
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Autobiography, personal essay, history, current affairs, or literary criticism, many are the guises under which travel writing has seduced readers of decidedly categorical bent.

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