Yiddish

Book Review: “From a Distant Relation” — Drowning in Yiddish

January 24, 2022
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What is evident throughout these superb tales of turn-of-century shtetl life is their authenticity.

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Film Review: “Demon” — A Beautifully Creepy Dybbuk Yarn

September 15, 2016
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Demon is a powerful movie that, once seen, can’t be easily shaken off.

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Book Review: Poet/Essayist Richard J. Fein — Yiddish as Mother Tongue and Lost Lover

February 22, 2013
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“The Beginning-End of Yiddish,” is poet/essayist Richard Fein’s core subject: his love for a language largely eviscerated in his lifetime.

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Book Interview: Novelist and Short-Story Writer Nathan Englander Is Happy to Go Back to Basics

September 25, 2012
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Nathan Englander’s first play, “The Twenty-Seventh Man,” opens at the Public Theater in New York tonight. Fuse Editor Bill Marx spoke to the acclaimed, best-selling writer about the script and the production when Englander visited Wellesley College recently.

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Music Feature: Follow the Lieder — Discovering Lazar Weiner’s Yiddish Art Song

March 8, 2012
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When the Boston Jewish Music Festival presented a special afternoon of Lazar Weiner’s Yiddish Art Songs, it became clear that it’s time for a reappraisal that will bring these small, intense gems back into broader musical circulation.

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Film Review: Those Cuddly and Krazy Klezmatics

January 2, 2012
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The documentary “The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground” is pleasing to watch, but there are a number of ways of respecting as well as loving great artists, the most important being coming up with the chutzpah necessary to ask the tough questions that generate illuminating, inspiring, or interesting answers.

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Culture Vulture and Mrs. Goldberg

August 10, 2009
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by Helen Epstein Go here for information about a live-chat, scheduled for August 23rd, with Helen Epstein on “The Art of Narrative Writing.” If you’re at all interested in popular culture, don’t miss Aviva Kempner’s new documentary “Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg.” Kempner is the D.C.-based director of the award-winning documentary “Life and Times of Hank Greenberg”…

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