Award-winning journalist and former Forward staffer, Allison Yarrow discusses her new book “90s Bitch” about media treatment of women in the 90s.
A.B. Yehoshua’s new novel was inspired by a painting of a woman breast-feeding her father. The 74-year-old literary luminary, who has published some 15 books, does not retreat from the provocative or the perverse.
In this, the second annual Forward Fives selection, we celebrate the year’s cultural output with a series of deliberately eclectic choices in film, music, theater, exhibitions and books. Here we present five of the most important Jewish novels of 2010. Feel free to argue with and add to our selections in the comments.
Haha. Or if you’re Gary Shteyngart feigning a Russian accent in his new book trailer, it might sound more like chah-chah. Book trailers are often too long and boring: earnest author fidgeting on a Brooklyn stoop, reciting the plot of her novel. You’re watching it thinking, “Stop telling me what happens. That’s what your book is for.”
Kris Allen’s taking of the “Idol” title from Adam Lambert may seem like old news, but to say that would be to ignore the importance of dissecting the psychology of “American Idol” culture. What is most titillating about the wildly successful show is the predilections and biases of everyday Americans — the millions who vote each week — that it lays bare.
College basketball may madden March, but high school players are making some news of their own — pioneering the latest craze in Jewish headgear. The Boca Raton-based Weinbaum Yeshiva High School Storm are wearing Klipped Kippahs at a Jewish basketball tournament in New York this week. Invented by their coach, Jon Kaweblum, the Klipped Kippah uses two sheitel clips — the kind normally sewn into wigs — on the inside of the kippah, so it stays put courtside.