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  • Duck liver and the sixth taste

    By Rob Eshman

    June 6, 2012 | 11:49 am

    First, there were four basic tastes — sweet, salty, bitter and sour. Then we learned of a fifth, umami, whose elusive savory-ness underlies everything from Parmesan to well-aged beef to soy sauce.

    But what fascinates me these days is an even more elusive taste, a sixth sense....

  • Lox, Wine, Gopnik, God

    By Rob Eshman

    November 22, 2011 | 3:44 pm

    In his 2002 essay “A Purim Story,” Adam Gopnik describes what sounds like a religious experience, but what others might just call brunch.

    “The next day I decided to return to the only Jewish tradition with which I was at all confident,” he writes, “and that was having...

  • Adam Gopnik: Doctor, Doctor! There’s a joke in my Judaism

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It all began with a Purim spiel. Seven years ago, the much-loved New Yorker magazine writer Adam Gopnik was living in a kind of secular New York Jewish limbo.

    Then he got an invitation from the Jewish Museum to serve as Purimspieler -- the one who tells the Purim story. That...
  • Debbie Friedman, L.A. Opera, Norman Mailer and David Mamet

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 3rd

    Debbie Friedman strums and sings old and new favorites from her Jewish folk repertoire tonight at Shomrei Torah Synagogue. Twenty bucks gets you in the door, or splurge on the $100 patron seats for preferred seating and parking, plus a copy of her new CD, "One...

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  • A Search for Intellectual L.A.

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's a Friday night and an overflow crowd is jammed into the penthouse of the former May Co. store on Wilshire Boulevard -- now Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) West -- to hear a conversation between French journalist and philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy and The New Yorker's...