The future is rushing to catch up with Cuba. Ilan Stavans asks how the exhilerating changes may transform the island — and what it will mean for the Jews.
As relations with Cuba begin to thaw, the Forward took a group of American Jews on a visit to the Communist country to explore its past — and future.
BACKWARD: Cuban leader Fidel Castro talks Jews, Gary Shteyngart and Katz’s Deli.
The Jewish cemeteries of Cuba are being looted fast. Some point to economic desperation — but others blame a strange occult practice involving the bones of non-Christians.
Earlier this week, Ilan Stavans wrote about the problem with academic writing and asked: Is there a Jewish literary renaissance? His blog posts are featured on The Arty Semite courtesy of the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning’s Author Blog Series. For more information on the series, please visit:
Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His most recent books are the collection of essays “Singer’s Typewriter and Mine: Reflections on Jewish Culture” (University of Nebraska Press, 2002) and the graphic novel “El Iluminado” (Basic Books, with Steve Sheinkin). His blog posts are featured on The Arty Semite courtesy of the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning’s Author Blog Series. For more information on the series, please visit:
There was a time when Latin American writers felt compelled — maybe the word is “constrained” — to focus their work on Latin America. Andrés Neuman takes a more global approach.
Isaac Bashevis Singer’s many other women are crucial to understanding the Yiddish writer’s worldview. But the serial philanderer’s wife, Alma, was his anchor.
Author Cullen Murphy sees the Inquisition’s influence in virtually every nasty historical event since. Nuance is not his forte, Ilan Stevans writes.