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The Schmooze

Out and About: Iran beats Israeli Chess Record; Thorstein Veblen on Jewish Intellectualism

  • In the New York Times, Michiko Kakutani welcomes, with reservations, “J.D. Salinger: A Life.”

  • According to Forward contributor John Semley, William Shatner isn’t just Shatner — he’s Shatnerian.

  • New hip-hop songs inspired by the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings include “#Jan25,” named after a Twitter hashtag.

  • Roger Ebert calls the characters in “Just Go With It,” the new Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston-starring romantic comedy, “dumber than a box of Tinkertoys.”

  • Dave Nuttycombe remembers comedian Albert Brooks (born — yes — Albert Einstein), pioneer of the “freak mentality.”

  • A current exhibit in London shows the work of legendary photographer and rabbi’s daughter Eve Arnold.

  • New Voices magazine goes to the Safed Klezmer Festival.

  • Bob Dylan will play at the Grammy Awards together with fellow folkies Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers.

  • Dylan is also among the figures whose journals are currently on display at New York’s Morgan Library, along with those of Albert Einstein, Charlotte Bronte and John Steinbeck.

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