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  • The light of Jewish culture shines

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I don't often cry, but tears streamed down my cheeks throughout "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."

    In an ArcLight theater filled with filmmakers, industry players and others at the American Film Institute's "AFI Fest 2007," I was not alone in my grief. When the Q-and-A session...
  • Kushner’s (old) testament to Lincoln

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Tony Kushner burst into the zeitgeist in the early 1990s with his operatic "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," a two-evening exploration of rage, hope and irony in the era of AIDS and Reagan Republicanism. The epic, which like all of Kushner's work is as defined...
  • Writer spins thrillers from his own undercover adventures

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jet lag launched Haggai Carmon into his career as an author. The international lawyer found himself in a small, unheated hotel room in a remote country he won't identify. He was on U.S. government assignment, collecting intelligence on a violent criminal organization, but his...
  • Books: Interest grows in neglected 19th-Century female author Amy Levy

    By Jessica George Firger

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "The Romance of a Shop," by Amy Levy, edited by Susan David Bernstein (Broadview Press, $15.95).
    "Reuben Sachs," by Amy Levy, edited by Susan David Bernstein_(Broadview Press, $15.95).
    Oscar Wilde adored her, calling the young writer "a girl of genius," while modern critics, in...
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  • Prolific Neusner Takes on Mishnah

    By David Klinghoffer

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Making God's Word Work: A Guide to the Mishnah," by Jacob Neusner (Continuum, $29.95).

    I don't know how many times I've been in a conversation with a Christian who suddenly out of nowhere asked, "What do you think of Neusner?" They don't even feel a need to mention the man's...