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  • AUDIO: Interview with author Rebecca Goldstein

    June 25, 2008 | 5:43 pm



    Eric Tomb talks with Rebecca Goldstein about her philosophical studies Betraying Spinoza: Ther Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity and Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Goedel and novels The Mind-Body Problem, Mazel and Properties of Light. He...

  • As she remembers it

    By Gina Nahai

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Do you write from memory? Someone always asks, and I become tongue-tied and uncertain, scrambling for the words, the ways to make believable what I know will sound bizarre -- a too-complicated response where all that is required is a simple "Yes" or "No" or "Sometimes; the rest is...
  • On the tricky question of ‘who is a Jew[ish writer]?’

    By David Wolpe

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I do not know who qualifies as a Jewish writer.

    If you wish to count the non-Jewish John Updike because he created a Jewish protagonist (Henry Bech) or if you include genetically Jewish Muriel Spark (who converted to Catholicism and wouldn't know a box of tefillin or a bag of...

  • Adventures of Tom & Chabon

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Novelist Michael Chabon has an agent, Steven Barclay, who handles his speaking engagements and who scheduled my interview with Chabon for 8:15 a.m. on the morning of Halloween. When I asked Barclay what self-respecting writer does interviews at 8:15 a.m., he said: "A very busy one."...
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  • I’ve never had real heroes

    By Gina Nahai

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    If you grew up as I did, on more than one continent and surrounded by people of different faiths, you know what I mean when I say I've never had real heroes: For every truth in one place, I've encountered doubt in another; for every icon in one culture, I've met iconoclasts in...
  • Authors explain Jewish influences on their works

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Journal invited writers who will be featured at Sunday's Festival of Books to answer the simple, essential question that every Jewish writer is often asked: "What Jewish sources -- ideas, writings, traditions -- inspire you, and how do they show up in your work?"

    The...

  • Books: Brits behaving badly

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "When We Were Bad" by Charlotte Mendelson (Houghton Mifflin, $24).

    As a wedding is about to begin in North London, all eyes are on the mother of the groom. Claudia Rubin is tall, beautiful, brainy and voluptuous, a celebrated rabbi who leads a large congregation. She's not...

  • Sitcom superstars, sultry songstresses, literary diamonds

    By Dikla Kadosh

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    Bob Saget will forever be remembered as Danny Tanner from "Full House." Now, instead of guiding the household with his wise advice and calm demeanor, Saget is exposing the sitcom family's sexual exploits on cable television. "Bob Saget: That Ain't Right" was taped in front...
  • Obituaries

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Morris Ira Harow, Philanthropist, Dies at 93

    Dr. Morris Ira Harow, a leading Jewish figure in the Los Angeles community for nearly half a century, died on April 29. Dr. Harow was born in New York in 1913 and moved to Los Angeles in 1938, where he had a successful family practice...

  • Book Tour Blues

    By Gina Nahai

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Never again," I swear every time I'm on book tour. I'll never do this again, I don't care if I sell one book or 10 million, I'm not getting on another 6 a.m. flight out of an airport that's been closed for two days due to bad weather and is therefore mobbed now with livid...
  • Books: Yehoshua’s latest explores boundaries of responsibility

    By Paula Margulies

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The U.S publishers hated the title of A.B. Yehoshua's latest book "The Mission of the Human Resources Manager." It was, they argued, better suited to a personnel manual than the work of one of Israel's most venerated authors. Ignoring Yehoshua's pleas, they christened the novel's...
  • Crooners celebrate Canuckia’s Cohen and a first for our very own Greenberg

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 24th

    A Leonard Cohen love fest takes place at Royce Hall this evening. The enigmatic genius poet/songwriter is paid tribute in an event titled "The Gospel According to Leonard Cohen," which is presented by Perla Batalla, a vocalist with whom he has frequently worked....

  • Briefs: Israel reviews Jerusalem dig; U.S. offers reward for Islamic Jihad leader

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Israel Reviews Jerusalem Dig

    Israel is pressing ahead with a controversial dig near the Temple Mount but will review plans to build at the site. The Jerusalem Municipality announced Monday that a plan to renovate a pedestrian walkway leading from the Temple Mount's Mughrabi Gate to...

  • 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...

  • Briefs: Journalist: West Is losing ‘War of Ideas;’ Daniel Pipes comes to Pepperdine

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Journalist: West Is Losing War of Ideas

    The conflict between the West and terrorist Islam is not about terrorism, land or economic grievances but about fundamental ideas -- and the West is losing.

    So posits Melanie Phillips, a feisty British journalist, who backed up her thesis in...

  • And nothing but the truth

    By Marilyn Anderson

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Internet dating -- everyone does it, and everyone complains about it. Why? The guys think the girls lie, and the girls think the guys lie. And the truth is: everybody lies.

    Well, almost everybody -- not me, of course.

    It's a familiar problem that both genders complain about: the...

  • William Styron, an appreciation

    By Michael Berenbaum

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Bill Styron died last week at the age of 81. The author of the "Confessions of Nat Turner" and "Sophie's Choice" was indisputably a great writer, a writer's writer. His words were carefully, painstakingly chosen and anyone who loved the English language enjoyed the pure...
  • Jewish Book Month’s Table of Contents

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    With fall comes the annual harvest of books (and authors) to hit town for Jewish Book Month, Nov. 15-Dec. 16, with fare ranging from politics to social commentary to humorous memoir. The autumnal visitors will include David Mamet at the Central Library, Harry Shearer at Temple Beth...
  • A Different Israel

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Israel is discussed these days, more often than not it is in terms of an existential crisis, or "the situation," or as the subject of international news headlines. However, reading recently published works by three different Israeli fiction authors, Etgar Keret, Benjamin Tammuz...
  • Married . . . at last!

    By Mierel Verbit

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I got married for the first time at 50. The groom was 51. Yes, we are both Jewish. We met online. I am tall, thin, blonde, green-eyed, and have a little turned-up nose. My father-in-law's first comment, across the Thanksgiving table, was, "Doesn't she look like a shiksa?"

    My...

  • Steve Rubin has a passion for war

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    To meet him, you might think Steven Rubin is a normal person. Tall, handsome, happily married with young children, he is personable, affable -- in short, one of the gentlest and nicest guys you could meet. But he is a man obsessed with war -- World War II to be precise.

    Recently,...

  • So many authors, so little time

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Chick lit, pulp comics, historical fiction, gumshoe action and a dash of Los Angeles noir.
     
    Add celebrities such as Jackie Collins and Tommy Chong and you begin -- just barely -- to get a taste of the eclectic stew that will be the fifth annual West Hollwood Book Fair, Sept. 17,...
  • Q & A With Russian Jewish Author Gary Shteyngart

    By Harry Wiland

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Gary Shteyngart is a literary clown with a frown. His biting satire comments on a multi-cultural America in need of self-examination and reassessment.

    "Absurdistan" (Random House, $24.95), his extraordinary new novel, takes us on a no-holds-barred journey from post-communist Russia...

  • Finding Deeper Truths in Fiction—the Best About Israel

    By Alana Newhouse

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In recent weeks, many of us "Diaspora Jews" kept ourselves neck-deep in news from the Middle East: jumping out of bed to check the front page, keeping the television on all night, refreshing Web sites for the latest headlines. Of course, our routine paled in comparison to many...

  • Life vs. Death

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In college, I wrote the same literature essay over and over again. Regardless of the novel, its plot or its country of origin, I found that I could always work up four pages on the subject of "Life vs. Death."

    My ideas on this subject were not particularly original. In a high...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, July 8
    The Hollywood Palladium’s got the beat tonight. Head there for ’80s retro fun wrapped up in a good cause. Bet Tzedek — The House of Justice presents its annual Justice Ball benefit with headliners The Go-Go’s.

    8:30 p.m. $75-$150. Hollywood Palladium, 6215...

  • Beware the Finkelstein Syndrome

    By Roz Rothstein

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In May of 2006, I witnessed the bizarre rantings of the author and Holocaust revisionist Norman Finkelstein at UC Irvine. This was the second time that I had the misfortune of sitting through his lecture, the first time was at Cal State Fullerton.

    Finkelstein uses his identity as the...

  • Comforting Mothers Without Mothers

    By Adeena Sussman

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "My childhood skidded to a stop on a Tuesday afternoon in the middle of my 15th year, with my mother's first mammogram results," writes Hope Edelman in her moving new book, "Motherless Mothers: How Mother Loss Shapes the Parents We Become" (Harper Collins). For Edelman, her mother's...

  • Touring With Lévy a Dizzying Experience

    By Marc Ballon

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville," by Bernard-Henri Lévy (Random House).

    Date: Saturday, April 8, 2006.
    Time: 9 a.m.
    Place: The Beverly Hills Hotel lobby.

    I have come to this palace of privilege to meet Bernard-Henri Lévy,...

  • Author Challenges ‘Brainy’ Jews Myth

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Amy Wilentz cringes before speaking engagements involving Jews and Israel.

    "I know they're going to get a bit 'bloody,'" the journalist-author says. "I expect to get yelled at.... But I also know I'll enjoy the chance to argue."

    Wilentz, the former Jerusalem correspondent for...

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