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  • 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...

  • Video Takes Bite Out of Kosher Slaughter

    By Gabriel Sanders

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jonathan Safran Foer, author of the best-selling novel, "Everything Is Illuminated" (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) and last year's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" (Houghton Mifflin) released a video earlier this month in which he argues that the slaughtering practices employed by...

  • ‘Empire’ Conquers Monstrous Task

    By Howard Kaplan

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977" by Gershom Gorenberg, (Times Books).

    It is not accidental that Gershom Gorenberg limited his substantial study, "The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977," to the first...

  • Tommywood - Grossman Revealed

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The recent publication of "A Writer at War: Vasily Grossman With the Red Army, 1941-1945" (Pantheon) brings attention to a writer who deserves to be better known and whose personal story illuminates the tragic dimension of Russian Jewry during the Communist era.

    Grossman (1905-1964)...

  • A Tenuous Claim as a Jew for Jesus

    By David Klinghoffer

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Here is an interesting tidbit: The world's top "Jew for Jesus" is, by ancestry, a non-Jew. Fancy that.

    You know Jews for Jesus, the lovable San Francisco-based organization that uses the appeal of Jewish kinship to introduce Jews to "Y'shua ha Mashiach" (Jesus Christ). Its executive...

  • ‘Design’-ing Woman Comes to Town

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Kosher by Design," (ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications, $32.99) "Kosher by Design Entertains" ($34.99) and "Kosher by Design Kids in the Kitchen" ($22.99) by Susie Fishbein.

    With the frenzied anticipation generally reserved for the appearance of a rock star -- or at the very least,...

  • Kate Braverman—Alive, Well, ‘Frantic’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Frantic Transmissions to and From Los Angeles: An Accidental Memoir," by Kate Braverman (Graywolf, $15).

    "Did I say that my work has been translated into Turkish? Apparently, it will be read in Istanbul, but not in Los Angeles."

    Yes, Kate Braverman did say that in a telephone...

  • Fit L.A. - The Birthday Party Crasher: Dr. Atkins

    By Judy Gruen

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Over the past few months, I have relished the apparent collapse of the low-carb industry. Low-carb specialty stores and magazines arrived with much fanfare but soon crumbled like a tired soufflé.

    Good riddance to them, I thought -- especially the magazine that tried to bilk me...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, January 21

    Laugh it up at Hillel at Pierce and Valley colleges' annual Comedy Nite this evening. Nationally known stand-up comedians keep the people happy and entertained, with the help of silent auction and raffle. Actor Tom Bosley, a.k.a. "Happy Days'" beloved Mr....

  • Hearing Loss Helps Writer Find Voice

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Michael Chorost climbs the flight of stairs to a room filled with metal file cabinets. He's never been to this place before, but he's greeted like a long lost relative. A smiling woman hands him what he has come to see: file No. 27392.

    The 40-year-old science writer opens the file...

  • The Look of a King, the View of a Geisha

    By Robert David Jaffee

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "It's cozy out here," says Arthur Golden, author of "Memoirs of a Geisha." Out here is in the Japanese garden in the back of Elixir, a teahouse in West Hollywood.

    Golden, in town for the recent film premiere of "Geisha," is dressed in a dark turtleneck and sits relaxed on a bench,...

  • Holiday Celebration of Arts and Eats

    By Judy Zeidler

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The year-to-year tradition of celebrating Chanukah doesn't change at our home. It always includes lighting candles, playing dreidel, eating latkes and having the children open gifts. But, the highlight of Chanukah for me is having all of our family together at the same time. It is...

  • Jewish Jury Still Out on Christian ‘Narnia’

    By Joe Eskenazi

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Is this, as Yogi Berra might put it, deja vu all over again? A potential megablockbuster film, financed by an ardent Christian and bursting with Christian overtones, is being mass-marketed to guess who? Christians.

    Church groups are buying up whole theater showings just like Daddy...

  • Nathan Takes a Bite Out of Boring Fare

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "The New American Cooking" by Joan Nathan (Knopf, $35).

    A tempeh Reuben sandwich and guacamole made with mayonnaise may sound like sacrilege to food purists, but not to food journalist Joan Nathan. The author of 10 cookbooks, including the award-winning "Jewish Cooking in America"...

  • Forget Aesop, Think Kushner

    By Amy Klein

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Jacob always falls asleep during the rabbi's speech and dreams of making money to further his riches.

    Daniel is so poor that when he sweeps the floor while the rabbi talks, he can barely hear anything over the growling of his stomach.

    Both these men's fates come together in the...

  • Scholar Discovers Hidden Russian Gem

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "The Five: A Novel of Jewish Life in Turn-of-the-Century Odessa" by Vladimir Jabotinsky; translated by Michael Katz (Cornell University Press, $17.95).

    A passing reference in Ruth Wisse's "The Modern Jewish Canon; A Journey Through Language and Culture" (Free Press, 2000) led to the...

  • Why a Novel?

    By Alan Zweibel

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "The Other Shulman" by Alan Zweibel (Villard, $23.95).

    I write. This is what I do. I'm a professional comedy writer. My job is to sit in a room with my vocabulary, select words and put them in an order that will not only hold your interest but also, hopefully, make you laugh. It's...

  • 7days

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, November 12

    Temple Isaiah's Festival of Jewish Artisans returns for its 25th year this weekend. Help celebrate and stock up on Chanukah presents and other Judaica by attending the opening night concert, artists reception and preview sale today, or artisans show and...

  • Beware of Formerly Observant Writers

    By Amy Klein

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Beware of God" by Shalom Auslander (Simon & Schuster, $19.95)

    God is a chicken.

    God is a stalker.

    God is a tougher advertising client than Proctor & Gamble.

    God is just the bureaucrat of the "production nightmare" that is all of creation. And God just hates all the "micromanaging...

  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life" (Scribner, $27.50).

    Arlene Blum describes her new book, "Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life," as an answer to a question she has often asked herself, as she did on Annapurna in the Himalayas: "What's a nice Jewish girl from the Midwest doing at 21,000...

  • A Novel Boxer Novel

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has joined the long list of solons who have dabbled in writing. Unlike John Kennedy, she admits to collaborating with a professional writer. Also unlike Kennedy, she is not likely to win the Pulitzer Prize.

    Still, her just-released novel offers an...

  • Honors for Author, Antacid

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This fall marks the confluence of two landmark events in the Jewish community -- one involves Philip Roth and the other involves Maalox. If it's not obvious where those two meet, it's right in the acid-coated kishkas of Portnoy's perpetually constipated father.

    At 72, Roth recently...

  • Pinter’s Plays Give Voice to the Victims

    By Lucy Komisar

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Provocative, ambiguous, biting, subtle, Harold Pinter, who has just been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, is one of the major playwrights of the English language and the author of 29 plays and two dozen film scripts. He is also one of the most political of writers, with an...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, October 8

    In playwright Hindy Brooks' new play, "Turn a Blind Eye," researching Holocaust survivors' stories leads a young woman to discover things about her own family she might rather have never known. Questions are raised about heroism, and about the awful things...

  • The Curious Little Monkey’s Tale

    By Sarah Price Brown

    September 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The Journey That Saved Curious George : The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey by Louise Borden (Houghton Mifflin, $17).

    It was a truncated tale, repeated in the hallways of publishing houses, printed on book jackets: On a rainy day in June 1940, the creators of "Curious...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Saturday, September 10

    Party at tonight's sixth annual Barbie and Ken Toy Drive and you'll give the kids a reason to smile, too. Cover per person is one new unwrapped toy or combination of toys with a minimum $25 value, for which you get music, open bar and food till the wee...

  • Q & A With Richard Z.Chesnoff

    By Marc Ballon

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In his decades as a journalist, foreign correspondent Richard Z. Chesnoff has reported from around the globe, including the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Over the years, Chesnoff -- a contributing editor at U.S. News & World Report, columnist for the New York Daily News and...

  • First Person - Documenting Hate

    By Daniel A. Olivas

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In late fall of 1999, I wrote a short story, "Summertime," which I eventually included in my collection, "Assumption and Other

    Stories" (Bilingual Press, 2003).

    When the book reviews started coming in, most noted that particular story's unsettling premise. But what fascinated me...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, July 16

    Who says chicks can't be funny? Tonight, comedians Marie Cain, Annie Korzen, Ann Randolph and Betsy Salkind each take a turn onstage as part of "Tickling Adam's Rib: An Evening of Four Ferociously Funny Females"...and dare you to not laugh.

    8 p.m. $20. Steinway...

  • Once Upon a Heeb

    By Lori Gottlieb

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I couldn't see much when I walked into the cavernous bar at Three of Clubs in Hollywood last week, but after my eyes adjusted,

    I noticed the crowd in the adjoining room.

    A couple hundred literary-artsy-hipster types were schmoozing before the L.A. premiere of the Heeb Storytelling...

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