For citizens of the Windy City, August 31 will now be known as Allan Sherman Day.
Allan Sherman was one of our great comic songwriters. Mark Cohen, author of “Overweight Sensation,” a biography of Sherman, offers his favorites.
Comic Allan Sherman may seem like a novelty act. But as Mark Cohen makes clear in his new biography, it’s easy to overlook the subversive nature of his work.
Next month, Brandeis University Press will release “Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman” by Forward contributor Mark Cohen. (You can read Cohen’s 2010 piece on Sherman for us here. ) But there’s no need to wait for May to start immersing yourself in Shermanania (or is that just Shermania?).
High-tech scientists are using computers and ultraviolet images to gather fragments of the Cairo genizah. So far, they’ve pieced together 1,000 documents from 350,000 tiny scraps.
Robert Alter discussed “tough Jews” with Michael Chabon on March 18 as part of the Berkeley Seminars in Modern Jewish Culture Lecture, but there seemed to be a gap in the Jewishness.