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2 Forward writers win Excellence in Feature Journalism awards

The Society for Features Journalism, which celebrates innovation in lifestyle, arts and entertainment journalism, recognized the diverse work of two Forward writers at its 2020 Excellence in Features Awards.

Contributing Art Critic Jackson Arn won second place in the Arts & Entertainment Commentary Portfolio category for his incisive (but considered) review of Daniel Mendelsohn’s essay collection. The category, which recognizes a trio of columns, essays or reviews, also recognized Arn’s analysis of the British comedy “Kind Hearts and Coronets,” in which he found surprising Jewish resonances.

“Though they’re aimed at a niche audience, Jackson Arn’s pieces pique broader interest with sharp cultural takes that display a subtle intelligence,” according to the judge’s comments.

Deputy Culture Editor Talya Zax received honorable mention in the category for her review of André Aciman’s “Call Me By Your Name” sequel “Find Me.” Zax, who profiled, Aciman in 2018, lamented the author’s fruitless efforts to measure up to the power of the first book, perfectly articulating Hollywood’s potential to corrupt — or diminish — the work of a master.

These wins add to an impressive awards season for the Forward, which won a number of distinctions at the 39th Rockower Awards last week.

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