Austin Ratner


Getting Schooled in Poetry by Robert Pinsky

By Austin Ratner

Getting Schooled in Poetry by Robert Pinsky
Reading great poetry can put you into contact with the sublime. No one knows that better than Robert Pinsky, author of a new book called ‘Singing School.’Read More


Passover, the Warsaw Ghetto, Sigmund Freud, and the Psychology of Bigotry

By Austin Ratner

Passover, the Warsaw Ghetto, Sigmund Freud, and the Psychology of Bigotry
The Warsaw Ghetto uprising began on Passover eve in 1943. While we meditate on how the God delivered us from Egypt, we should note the tyranny in Europe just 70 years ago.Read More


A Novel About Early Childhood

By Austin Ratner

Earlier this week, Sami Rohr Prize winner Austin Ratner discussed the land of the living versus the land of “The Princess Bride.” His blog posts are featured on The Arty Semite courtesy of the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning’s Author Blog Series. For more information on the series, please visit: Read More


My Name Is Inigo Montoya

By Austin Ratner

Austin Ratner won the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for his first novel, “The Jump Artist.” His new novel, “In the Land of the Living,” is now available. His blog posts are featured on The Arty Semite courtesy of the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning’s Author Blog Series. For more information on the series, please visit: Read More


Pitting Family Against Politics in Ohio

By Austin Ratner

Pitting Family Against Politics in Ohio
The Jewish extended family is one of the loveliest, comfiest, most rewarding aspects of the heritage. It’s also a complicating factor in one Ohio family.Read More






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