What do four Jewish American writers talk about when they sit down together to discuss their craft? If the program, "The Next Generation of Jewish American Writing," held at the Skirball Cultural Center earlier this month is any indication, the answer is that they try as hard as they can to talk past their differences but don't quite manage to do so.
All things pass in Hollywood, but for Army Archerd. For 50 years, while great stars faded and powerful studio chiefs sank into obscurity, Archerd has written his daily column for Variety, the entertainment industry's must-read, and he can count the times he's missed a deadline on the fingers of one hand.
"Army is a legend in Hollywood and his column is read like the Bible," said Rabbi David Baron, Archerd's spiritual leader at Temple Shalom for the Arts.
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the American Friends of the Hebrew University will recognize Archerd's "dedication, generosity and deep commitment to his community" by presenting him with the Scopus Award.