Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Melody Moezzi : The same struggle

Author Melody Moezzi discusses how her upbringing influenced her understanding of mental illness by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor The 17th Annual Twin Cities Mental Health Education Conference, Oct. 22 at Temple Israel, will feature a keynote address by Melody Moezzi, Iranian-American activist, award-winning writer and attorney, and author of Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar […]

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Lillian Hellman: Always new again

The Guthrie Theater presents the anti-fascist classic Watch on the Rhine by Lillian Hellman by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor The Guthrie Theater has, either through accident or design, discovered the joys of Jewish women who wrote plays. This past season the produced The Royal Family, co-authored by the underrated Edna Ferber, a Jewish novelist […]

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Dorit Rabinyan: ‘A curse, then a blessing, then a curse’

Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan discusses being at the center of a national controversy by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan, who will be in Minneapolis Oct. 23, found herself in a storm of controversy with her 2014 book Gader Haya, which has been published in English as Borderlife and as All the […]

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Editorial: A look back at the year 5777

It was a doozy of a Jewish year, 5777. And based upon the first week of 5778, we will need to buckle up tight for our ride through the new year. In the run-up to the High Holy Days over recent decades, epochal events have provided much for us to ponder as we gathered for […]

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Barton Fink has a case of writer’s block

“I’m having a little trouble getting started,” explains Barton Fink (John Turturro) to Hollywood film studio exec Ben Geisler (Tony Shalhoub). It turns out that Fink, a Broadway playwright transported to La La Land, in the 1940s, to write scripts for B-movies, has writer’s block. Then his life goes topsy turvy. Barton Fink, the award-winning […]

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

An unexpected ending from Nathan Englander

Dinner at the Center of the Earth, by Nathan Englander, Knopf, 252 pages, $26.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Nathan Englander again demonstrates his imaginative ability to turn seemingly straightforward stories into unexpected endings. Englander, author of the hit For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, appears on his new novel’s jacket without the tsunami of hair […]