Out and About: PEN Literary Awards; Schwartz's Deli, the Musical

  • The Jewish Manuscript Project gives us a peek inside the creative process of poet David Lehman.

  • Teruah offers an appreciation of Jeremiah Lockwood’s Nigun Project, but also has some issues with it.

  • David Mamet has been honored with a PEN American Center literary award for “Master American Dramatist,” as has Michael Scammell for his biography of Arthur Koestler (reviewed in the Forward here). The $25,000 Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction went to Don DeLillo.

  • In more somber news, Isaac Babel’s widow and Moscow subway designer Antonina Pirozhkova, ’50s heartthrob Eddie Fisher, and classical music critic Jacob Siskind have passed away.

  • Tomorrow night is Jake Marmer’s very excellent-sounding “Jazz Talmud.”

  • Today is the 200th yarhtzeit of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, and one community is celebrating with — what else? — a “Nachmanifest!”

  • Today is (or would have been) George Gershwin’s 112th birthday, which is as good a reason as any for a little “Fantasia”:

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