In this week’s Yid Lit podcast, host Allison Gaudet Yarrow sits down with author Julie Orringer. Her new novel “The Invisible Bridge” serves as a reminder that in a field as crowded as artistic representations of the Holocaust there is always something new to say, so long as there are individual stories to tell. The narrative, a follow-up to her celebrated story collection, “How to Breathe Underwater” takes the Hungarian Shoah for its backdrop.
Steve Almond may have descended from rabbis, but his church is rock ‘n’ roll. His new book, “Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life” (Random House, 2010) is a tour through “drooling” fanaticism, the kind of music appreciation that borders on the insane. With the fervor of a religious leader, Almond writes about unsung musicians who, through their art, are willing to get naked. Emotionally that is. In his writing and his life, Almond is drawn to the clothes-less kind of naked too. He is part of a long history of sex-obsessed writers — one of the earliest may be the author of the Hebrew bible scroll, “Song of Songs,” which Almond deems a “booty call.”
What do you call couples who live together, co-own pets and property, and celebrate the Sabbath with each other’s families, all without ever uttering “I do”? Journalist Hannah Seligson calls them “a little bit married” (ALBM), a term she coined after her own painful breakup and after watching her friends — urban, college-educated 20- and 30-somethings — build long-term monogamous relationships unbound by state law. The Forward’s Allison Gaudet Yarrow caught up with Seligson, whose new guide, “A Little Bit Married: How to Know When It’s Time To Walk Down the Aisle or Out the Door,” published in December by De Capo Lifelong Books, dissects this burgeoning trend.
When Abby Sher lost her family before her bat mitzvah, she became obsessed with preventing others? deaths. Her new memoir ?Amen, Amen, Amen? chronicles her journey, which she recounts in this podcast.