Joseph Penso de la Vega, a Sephardic-Jewish immigrant to the Netherlands wrote a primer on the Amsterdam stock exchange in his native Spanish.
“Why do I play the banjo? There’s no sense to it.”
In more than one way Jonathan Lethem’s latest novel “The Feral Detective” is a return to basics.
Ten years ago I interviewed Gary Shteyngart for a profile in Zeek.. At the time his hair was brown and mine covered my head. In the time since then he has continued to put out books at a steady rate of one every three or four years. His earlier novels (“Absurdistan” and “The Russian Debutante’s Handbook”) were about Americans’ crazy adventures in the disintegrating Soviet Empire. His most recent two novels have dealt with dystopian visions of America, especially related to the unhealthy distribution and importance of money and credit.
Park Slope is no longer a bagel desert.
“As a young boy in Baltimore, the only two things I had an interest in [were] being in the circus and being an orthopedic surgeon.”
I kept wondering why I cared so much about these writers. Was there such a thing as a “Jewish-American Novel?” What did it mean to be a Jewish writer?
15 Years later the Detroit-based author has returned to the story of Eddie the theme park maintenance man and the little girl, Annie, he died saving.
“Philip died with his reputation at a kind of pinnacle, and was widely accepted as being one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.”
I relate so much to Wendy in “Peter Pan,” because she has to grow up. She can’t be a kid forever.
“We all knew Heidegger had a Nazi past, but thought it was not more than others. His “Black Notebooks” were a shock.
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