Strikes in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Bad blood between donors and musicians. What can be done about the tumult consuming America’s symphonies? Could more Jewish artists help?
Over smoked fish and coffee at Russ & Daughters Café on a recent morning, I asked Uri Scheft to tell me his favorite bread. “The last one that came out of the oven,” he said, without missing a beat. He was teasing, of course — but those words might as well be his professional mantra.
Fanny Brice, the comedienne and songstress immortalized by Barbra Streisand in “Funny Girl,” would have been 125 years old today.
For Zadie Smith, Philip Roth’s transgressive characters helped create a new kind of literary freedom.3
Mel Gibson doesn’t understand why people are still talking about anti-Semitic remarks he made after a drunk driving arrest in 2006.59
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