Stephen Hazan Arnoff


Addicted to Aggadah

By Stephen Hazan Arnoff

Addicted to Aggadah
As they recover from addiction, Peter Bebergal and Alan Kaufman find creative voices to carry their sensitivity while hanging soberly on to the world.Read More


Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan!

By Stephen Hazan Arnoff

Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan!
Seventy does not mean old or young. As Bob Dylan says in Floater:Read More


Joshua Foer’s Memory Palace

By Stephen Hazan Arnoff

Joshua Foer’s Memory Palace
In his intriguing first book, “Moonwalking With Einstein,” Joshua Foer takes on the task of explaining the history of memory, its current state and how he entered the world of competitive recollection. He surveys the meaning and significance of memory from ancient Greece, through the Renaissance and up to now.Read More


Understanding the Myth and Music of Bob Dylan

By Stephen Hazan Arnoff

Understanding the Myth and Music of Bob Dylan
Choose almost any critical approach — biographical, political, religious, literary, musical, philosophical or historical — and chances are it already has been used to try to explain Bob Dylan and his work. Hundreds of books, thousands of articles and an ever-expanding universe of listservs, websites, magazines, academic courses and conferences sing Dylan’s loyal chorus of commentary.Read More


Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet

By Stephen Hazan Arnoff

Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet
In writing “Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet,” what he describes as a “Jewish biography” of Bob Dylan, Seth Rogovoy joins an ever-growing guild of critics and thinkers who have attempted to offer definitive interpretations of one of the most purposefully elusive and iconic cultural figures of the past half-century.Read More






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