Out and About: Israeli Metal in Istanbul; Homage to Hitch

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  • Despite tensions between Israel and Turkey, Israeli metal band Orphaned Land was welcomed by 5,000 fans in Istanbul.

  • Avi Steinberg talks to Maurice Sendak about his new children’s book, “Bumble-Ardy,” for the Paris Review.

  • The A.V. Club talks to Mel Brooks on the occasion of his new HBO special.

  • Tony Bennet talks about his collaboration with Amy Winehouse shortly before her death.

  • Bill Keller pays homage to Christopher Hitchens in the Times Book Review.

  • Moment Magazine profiles Hasidic hip-hop artist Nosson Zand.

  • On The Yiddish Song of the Week blog, Itzik Gottesman introduces Tsunye Rymer singing “Der Blinder” (“The Blind Man”) by Yiddish poet Mani Leib.

  • Israeli Arab writer Sayed Kashua reflects on his kids’ first day of school.

  • Actor Rami Baruch, who plays Jonathan Pollard in an upcoming production by the Cameri Theater, has refused to appear the show’s debut in the West Bank.

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