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Jay Neugeboren gets reel with latest novel

By Jonathan Kirsch

March 21, 2013 | 4:55 am

Jay Neugeboren's latest novel, “The American Sun & Wind Moving Picture Company” (Texas Tech University Press, $24.95).

"For far too long, Jay Neugeboren has been known as a writer’s writer and as the nurturing teacher of future writers,” Sanford Pinsker wrote in the Forward about one of Neugeboren’s... read full article

  • The splendor and distinction of Iranian-Jewish art

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    March 15, 2013 | 8:11 am

    For visitors to the Fowler Museum’s recent exhibition, the show’s catalog, “Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews” edited by David Yeroushalmi (Beit Hatfutsot/Fowler Museum: $30) will be a keepsake. For those who missed the exhibition, the book captures the sumptuous images...

  • The clout of Judge Stanley Mosk

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    March 7, 2013 | 4:03 am

    A new biography of California Supreme Court Justice Stanley Mosk opens with an apt quote from the late and much-loved Jewish Journal columnist Marlene Adler Marks: “Mosk,” Marks wrote in these pages in 1997, “is California history with a heartbeat.”

    Mosk entered public service...

  • The wrath of history

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    February 20, 2013 | 3:16 pm

    Much has been written about anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, but “anti-Judaism” is something else again.

    “ ‘Judaism’ ... is not only the religion of specific people with specific beliefs, but also a category, a set of ideas and attributes with which non-Jews can make sense of and...

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  • The Peanut Gallery: An American Icon Examined

    Jonathan Kirsch, Book Editor

    December 13, 2012 | 8:53 am

    Forget apple pie — if there is an iconic American food, it is surely peanut butter.

    The rich and satisfying story of peanut butter is told by Jon Krampner in “Creamy & Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, The All-American Food” (Columbia University Press: $27.95), a...

  • Rosner’s ‘Voter’s Guide’ offers an insider’s view

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    October 8, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    Every four years, the same question is asked in America: Which candidate will win the Jewish vote? With the 2012 presidential election teetering on a razor’s edge, however, the question takes on new importance and even a certain poignancy. That’s exactly why it caught the attention...

  • The illusion of a solution

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    September 5, 2012 | 10:50 am

    Of all the incendiary books that have been written about Israel over the last year or so, none is quite as fiery as "Israel: The Will to Prevail" by Danny Danon (Palgrave Macmillan: $26).

    Danon is a young activist in the Likud Party and serves as deputy speaker of the Knesset. He...

  • Paul Auster’s haunting view of aging

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 28, 2012 | 12:41 pm

    Paul Auster is best known and often praised for his postmodernist novels and short stories, including “The New York Trilogy” and “Sunset Park,” but his lifetime of literary achievement actually began with a 1982 memoir, “The Invention of Solitude,” his first published...

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