Jessica Siegel


400 Years After Portugal’s Inquisition, a Very Unusual Family Comes Together

By Jessica Siegel

400 Years After Portugal’s Inquisition, a Very Unusual Family Comes Together
The descendants of four Portuguese Jewish brothers who fled the Inquisition 400 years ago recently gathered for a reunion. Let’s just say they have some fascinating tales to tell.Read More


The Speedy Success of Richard Zimler's 'The Slow Mirror'

By Jessica Siegel

The Speedy Success of Richard Zimler's 'The Slow Mirror'
It was a miracle three times over, according to Portuguese-American novelist Richard Zimler, that “The Slow Mirror,” the short film based on his story of the same name, won the Best Drama prize at the New York Downtown Short Film Festival on May 2.Read More


‘Sweatshop Cinderella,’ Minus the Happily Ever After

By Jessica Siegel

‘Sweatshop Cinderella,’ Minus the Happily Ever After
She was “loud, coarse and demanding, constantly intruding her presence everywhere and taking up all the air in the room,” according to literary critic Vivian Gornick.Read More


Found in Portugal: World Famous Jewish-American Novelist

By Jessica Siegel

Found in Portugal: World Famous Jewish-American Novelist
Though he still maintains his accent and caffeinated New York pulse, Richard Zimler is far better known in Portugal, Turkey, Brazil, France and England than in the United States. He may be the world’s most famous unknown living American Jewish writer.Read More



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