Ken Gordon


This Oped Will Not Tell You How Great We Are

By Ken Gordon

This Oped Will Not Tell You How Great We Are
The public communication of most Jewish organizations is all about naked self-promotion, writes Ken Gordon. But what if those organizations changed from being boosters to educators?Read More


Turning to Day Schools When Synagogues Just Won't Do

By Ken Gordon

Turning to Day Schools When Synagogues Just Won't Do
Day schools are consistently successful in providing Jewish continuity, writes Ken Gordon. So why don’t we open their learning to the larger community?Read More


Moody Thoughts About Bob Dylan and Cher

By Ken Gordon

Moody Thoughts About Bob Dylan and Cher
What do Bob Dylan, Cher, and Rick Moody have in common? Stop thinking, “Well, Dylan and Cher both did projects with the word “burlesque” in them…” Here’s the answer:Read More


Mr. Cahan’s Neighborhood

By Ken Gordon

 Mr. Cahan’s Neighborhood
Republished together by Dover in 1970, Cahan’s 1896 novella “Yekl: A Tale of the New York Ghetto” and his 1898 collection, “The Imported Bridegroom and Other Stories of the New York Ghetto,” are not “Dubliners.”Read More


The Prophetic Delmore Schwartz

By Ken Gordon

The Prophetic Delmore Schwartz
This isn’t just the opening paragraph of a classic American short story — the lead-off piece in the collection titled “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities” — it’s an astounding instance of cultural prophecy. Poet Delmore Schwartz intuited our need for home movies to become public. If you’ve ever posted or commented on a home video on Facebook or YouTube, you know how that desire has been realized. Schwartz also shows how viewer response and the main attraction simultaneously vie for attention. From “Mystery Science Theater 3000” to “Beavis and Butt-head” and DVDs with directors’ commentaries, the legacy of “In Dreams” continues.Read More






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