This Week in Forward Arts and Culture

  • Leigh Kamping-Carder tells the story of the Mexican Suitcase, a collection of photographs from the Spanish Civil War by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David Seymour that got lost in Mexico for almost 70 years.

  • Ilan Stavans wonders why we can’t escape from Harry Houdini.

  • Shoshana Olidort reviews Avi Steinberg’s “Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian.”

  • Marla Brown Fogelman reviews “The Jews of San Nicandro,” a book about a remote Italian town whose 80-odd inhabitants all converted to Judaism after World War II.

  • Philologos is on the make.

  • Curt Schleier profiles the prolific musician and entrepreneur Michael Feinstein.

  • Gal Beckerman takes in the brand-new National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

  • Forward arts and culture editor Dan Friedman surveys the work of Slovakian-Jewish-Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc.

  • Dan Friedman talks to Rodger Kamenetz about his new book “Burnt Books,” previously reviewed in the Forward here. (Kamenetz’s Psalm 151 poetry column for the Forward is also being re-published on The Arty Semite.)

  • Dan Friedman also talks to actor Richard Dreyfuss about the new off-Broadway play “Imagining Heschel” in which Dreyfuss plays the famed rabbi, theologian and civil rights activist, Abraham Joshua Heschel.

  • And in this week’s Yid Lit podcast, Allison Gaudet Yarrow talks to Isaiah Sheffer, artistic director of New York’s Symphony Space and host of National Public Radio’s “Selected Shorts,” who reads aloud from the newly re-released Isaac Bashevis Singer novel, “The Magician of Lublin.”

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