A Bintel Brief

A Bintel Brief
Author: Liana Finck
Publsiher: Ecco
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2014-04-15
ISBN: 9780062291615
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Bintel Brief Book Excerpt:

An evocative, elegiac love letter to New York City and the immigrant culture that continues to make it the most original and influential city in the world. As the nineteenth century gave way to the twentieth, a surge of Jewish immigrants to New York City reshaped indelibly not only the culture of the metropolis but of America itself. Struggling to assimilate to a new world while reconciling it to the old one they had left behind, these men and women shared their most private hopes and fears in a series of letters submitted to "A Bintel Brief"—Yiddish for "A Bundle of Letters"—the enormously popular, deeply affecting and often hilarious advice column of the newspaper The Forward. Conceived by Abraham Cahan, editor of The Forward, who answered every letter himself, A Bintel Brief transformed the fortunes of the paper, rapidly making it the most widely read Yiddish-language newspaper in the world. The letters that flooded into A Bintel Brief spoke with unparalleled immediacy to the daily heartbreaks and comedies of their bewildered writers' new lives, capturing the hope, isolation and confusion of assimilation, from intergenerational family politics and judgmental neighbors to crises of faith, unrequited love, runaway husbands, soul-crushing poverty and the difficulty of building an entirely new life from scratch. Drawn from these letters—selected and adapted by Liana Finck and brought to life in her singularly expressive illustrations that combine Art Spiegelman's deft emotionality and the magical spirit of Marc Chagall—A Bintel Brief is a wonderful panorama of a world and its people who, though long gone, are startlingly like ourselves. It is also a platonic love story of sorts between Abraham Cahan and Liana, as they engage in a bittersweet dialogue that explores the pleasures and perils of nostalgia, even as it affirms the necessary forward movement of life.

How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish

How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish
Author: Ilan Stavans,Josh Lambert
Publsiher: Restless Books
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2020-01-21
ISBN: 1632062623
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish Book Excerpt:

A momentous and diverse anthology of the influences and inspirations of Yiddish voices in America—radical, dangerous, and seductive, but also sweet, generous, and full of life—edited by award-winning authors and scholars Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert. Is it possible to conceive of the American diet without bagels? Or Star Trek without Mr. Spock? Are the creatures in Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are based on Holocaust survivors? And how has Yiddish, a language without a country, influenced Hollywood? These and other questions are explored in this stunning and rich anthology of the interplay of Yiddish and American culture, edited by award-winning authors and scholars Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert. It starts with the arrival of Ashkenazi immigrants to New York City’s Lower East Side and follows Yiddish as it moves into Hollywood, Broadway, literature, politics, and resistance. We take deep dives into cuisine, language, popular culture, and even Yiddish in the other Americas, including Canada, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, and Colombia. The book presents a bountiful menu of genres: essays, memoir, song, letters, poems, recipes, cartoons, conversations, and much more. Authors include Nobel Prize–winner Isaac Bashevis Singer and luminaries such as Grace Paley, Cynthia Ozick, Chaim Grade, Michael Chabon, Abraham Cahan, Sophie Tucker, Blume Lempel, Irving Howe, Art Spiegelman, Alfred Kazin, Harvey Pekar, Ben Katchor, Paula Vogel, and Liana Finck. Readers will laugh and cry as they delve into personal stories of assimilation and learn about people from a diverse variety of backgrounds, Jewish and not, who have made the language their own. The Yiddish saying states: Der mentsh trakht un got lakht. Man plans and God laughs. How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish illustrates how those plans are full of zest, dignity, and tremendous humanity.

Jewish Comics and Graphic Narratives

Jewish Comics and Graphic Narratives
Author: Matt Reingold
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 294
Release: 2022-11-17
ISBN: 1350301604
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jewish Comics and Graphic Narratives Book Excerpt:

The most up-to-date critical guide mapping the history, impact, key critical issues, and seminal texts of the genre, Jewish Comics and Graphic Narratives interrogates what makes a work a "Jewish graphic narrative", and explores the form's diverse facets to orient readers to the richness and complexity of Jewish graphic storytelling. Accessible but comprehensive and in an easy-to-navigate format, the book covers such topics as: - The history of the genre in the US and Israel - and its relationship to superheroes, Underground Comix, and Jewish literature - Social and cultural discussions surrounding the legitimization of graphic representation as sites of trauma, understandings of gender, mixed-media in Jewish graphic novels, and the study of these works in the classroom - Critical explorations of graphic narratives about the Holocaust, Israel, the diasporic experience, Judaism, and autobiography and memoir - The works of Will Eisner, Ilana Zeffren, James Sturm, Joann Sfar, JT Waldman, Michel Kichka, Sarah Glidden, Rutu Modan, and Art Spiegelman and such narratives as X Men, Anne Frank's Diary, and Maus Jewish Comics and Graphic Novels includes an appendix of relevant works sorted by genre, a glossary of crucial critical terms, and close readings of key texts to help students and readers develop their understanding of the genre and pursue independent study.

Re Constructing the Man of Steel

Re Constructing the Man of Steel
Author: Martin Lund
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 215
Release: 2016-11-17
ISBN: 3319429604
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Re Constructing the Man of Steel Book Excerpt:

In this book, Martin Lund challenges contemporary claims about the original Superman’s supposed Jewishness and offers a critical re-reading of the earliest Superman comics. Engaging in critical dialogue with extant writing on the subject, Lund argues that much of recent popular and scholarly writing on Superman as a Jewish character is a product of the ethnic revival, rather than critical investigations of the past, and as such does not stand up to historical scrutiny. In place of these readings, this book offers a new understanding of the Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in the mid-1930s, presenting him as an authentically Jewish American character in his own time, for good and ill. On the way to this conclusion, this book questions many popular claims about Superman, including that he is a golem, a Moses-figure, or has a Hebrew name. In place of such notions, Lund offers contextual readings of Superman as he first appeared, touching on, among other ideas, Jewish American affinities with the Roosevelt White House, the whitening effects of popular culture, Jewish gender stereotypes, and the struggles faced by Jewish Americans during the historical peak of American anti-Semitism. In this book, Lund makes a call to stem the diffusion of myth into accepted truth, stressing the importance of contextualizing the Jewish heritage of the creators of Superman. By critically taking into account historical understandings of Jewishness and the comics’ creative contexts, this book challenges reigning assumptions about Superman and other superheroes’ cultural roles, not only for the benefit of Jewish studies, but for American, Cultural, and Comics studies as a whole.

How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses

 How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses
Author: Tahneer Oksman
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2016-02-16
ISBN: 0231540787
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses Book Excerpt:

American comics reflect the distinct sensibilities and experiences of the Jewish American men who played an outsized role in creating them, but what about the contributions of Jewish women? Focusing on the visionary work of seven contemporary female Jewish cartoonists, Tahneer Oksman draws a remarkable connection between innovations in modes of graphic storytelling and the unstable, contradictory, and ambiguous figurations of the Jewish self in the postmodern era. Oksman isolates the dynamic Jewishness that connects each frame in the autobiographical comics of Aline Kominsky Crumb, Vanessa Davis, Miss Lasko-Gross, Lauren Weinstein, Sarah Glidden, Miriam Libicki, and Liana Finck. Rooted in a conception of identity based as much on rebellion as identification and belonging, these artists' representations of Jewishness take shape in the spaces between how we see ourselves and how others see us. They experiment with different representations and affiliations without forgetting that identity ties the self to others. Stemming from Kominsky Crumb's iconic 1989 comic "Nose Job," in which her alter ego refuses to assimilate through cosmetic surgery, Oksman's study is an arresting exploration of invention in the face of the pressure to disappear.

Jeff Herman s Guide to Book Publishers Editors and Literary Agents

Jeff Herman s Guide to Book Publishers  Editors and Literary Agents
Author: Jeff Herman
Publsiher: New World Library
Total Pages: 642
Release: 2014-11-03
ISBN: 1608683109
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jeff Herman s Guide to Book Publishers Editors and Literary Agents Book Excerpt:

If you want to get published, read this book! Jeff Herman’s Guide unmasks nonsense, clears confusion, and unlocks secret doorways to success for new and veteran writers! This highly respected resource is used by publishing insiders everywhere and has been read by millions all over the world. Jeff Herman’s Guide is the writer’s best friend. It reveals the names, interests, and contact information of thousands of agents and editors. It presents invaluable information about more than 350 publishers and imprints (including Canadian and university presses), lists independent book editors who can help you make your work more publisher-friendly, and helps you spot scams. Jeff Herman’s Guide unseals the truth about how to outsmart the gatekeepers, break through the barriers, and decipher the hidden codes to getting your book published. Countless writers have achieved their highest aspirations by following Herman’s outside-the-box strategies. If you want to reach the top of your game and transform rejections into contracts, you need this book! Jeff Herman’s Guide will educate you, inspire you, and become your virtual entourage at every step along the exhilarating journey to publication. Ask anyone in the book business, and they will refer you to Jeff Herman’s Guide. NEW for 2015: Comprehensive index listing dozens of subjects and categories to help you find the perfect publisher or agent.

Guide to Literary Agents 2016

Guide to Literary Agents 2016
Author: Chuck Sambuchino
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 802
Release: 2015-08-17
ISBN: 1599639564
Category: Reference
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Guide to Literary Agents 2016 Book Excerpt:

THE BEST RESOURCE AVAILABLE FOR FINDING A LITERARY AGENT No matter what you're writing--fiction or nonfiction, books for adults or children--you need a literary agent to get the best book deal possible from a traditional publisher. Guide to Literary Agents 2016 is your essential resource for finding that literary agent and getting your book bought by the country's top publishers. Along with listing information for more than 1,000 literary agents who represent writers and their books, this new, updated edition of GLA includes: • A one-year subscription to the literary agents content on WritersMarket.com.* • Secrets to why agents stop reading your submission. Four literary agents review writers' unpublished first pages and give honest feedback. The agents examine 10 different first-page submissions and explain if and when they would stop reading. • "New Agent Spotlights"--profiles of literary reps actively building their client lists right now. • Success stories: 13 debut authors explain their paths to publication so you can learn from their success and see what they did right. • Answers to 19 frequently asked questions about query letters and submissions. • Informative how-to articles on synopsis writing, voice and craft, characters, platform and blogging, nonfiction book proposals, and more. + Includes exclusive access to the webinar "30 Tips for Getting an Agent" by Elizabeth Kracht of Kimberly Cameron & Associates *Please note: The e-book version of this title does not include a one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com. "The first book I ever bought when I began my publishing journey was the Guide to Literary Agents. And it's one of the first things I recommend to any aspiring writer." --Renee Ahdieh, author of The Wrath and the Dawn (2015), the first of a two-book deal from Penguin/Putnam "I found my literary agent in Guide to Literary Agents. The GLA was one of the best writing investments I ever made." --Jessica Lidh, author of debut novel The Number 7 (Merit Press)

Visualizing Jewish Narrative

Visualizing Jewish Narrative
Author: Derek Parker Royal
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2016-06-30
ISBN: 1474248802
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Visualizing Jewish Narrative Book Excerpt:

Examining a wide range of comics and graphic novels – including works by creators such as Will Eisner, Leela Corman, Neil Gaiman, Art Spiegelman, Sarah Glidden and Joe Sacco – this book explores how comics writers and artists have tackled major issues of Jewish identity and culture. With chapters written by leading and emerging scholars in contemporary comic book studies, Visualizing Jewish Narrative highlights the ways in which Jewish comics have handled such topics as: ·Biography, autobiography, and Jewish identity ·Gender and sexuality ·Genre – from superheroes to comedy ·The Holocaust ·The Israel-Palestine conflict ·Sources in the Hebrew Bible and Jewish myth Visualizing Jewish Narrative also includes a foreword by Danny Fingeroth, former editor of the Spider-Man line and author of Superman on the Couch and Disguised as Clark Kent..

The Upright Heart

The Upright Heart
Author: Julia Ain-Krupa
Publsiher: New and Young Europe Books
Total Pages: 177
Release: 2016
ISBN: 0990004384
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Upright Heart Book Excerpt:

The Upright Heart chronicles the return from Brooklyn of a Jewish man, Wolf, to his native Poland soon after World War II. He is haunted by the memory of his Catholic lover, Olga, whom he abandoned to marry a woman of his own faith and start a new life in America, and who perished sheltering the parents and younger sister he left behind. Harassed on the streets of postwar Poland, Wolf is watched over by the spirits of those who died during and after the war but have yet to let go. His story is woven together with those of others, living and dead, Catholic and Jew, including the deceased students of a school for girls, a battalion of fallen German soldiers, and an orphan boy who wanders the streets of Krakow, believing in a magic pill he has conjured up as a way to survive. Set amid the ruins of the Holocaust and the Nazis' total war, this haunting novel is at once a page-turning drama and a meditation on what it means to be human, part of a community, alive. The Upright Heart's dreamlike qualities and fluent lyricism draw the reader toward a consecrated realm, while its narrative force guides the story into the present, where survivors and their children, beset by the devastations of the past, struggle alongside the dead to perceive and appreciate the beauty of that which remains and that which might yet be. Julia Ain-Krupa is the author of Roman Polanski: A Life in Exile (Praeger, 2010). She was born and raised in New York City, and spent her early years in Krakow, Poland. In 2012, she received a creative writing Fulbright scholarship to Poland, where this novel was conceived. She lives in Tel Aviv and New York City. "Stylistic virtuosity, penetrating emotional power, and a post-apocalyptic vision ... a brilliant literary achievement... . Julia Ain-Krupa gives us something luminous." --Philip K. Jason, Jewish Book Council "The Upright Heart is unlike anything I have ever read. It is hard for me to put into words how it is remarkable because, in surprising ways, this book exists in a place beyond words. It takes place in Poland. It is a family saga, a ghost story, and a perfect love story. World War II is the sinkhole around which the characters and events revolve, faster and faster-a feeling familiar to those of us who still have nightmares about the Holocaust. At the end of the tunnel are light, and stars, and understanding. I cried constantly while reading it, and remembered again, fleetingly, that life is impossibly precious, that reading is religion; it is one of the best things I've read." --Liana Finck, author of A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York "The Upright Heart is a poetic, beautifully written novel that presents, in a moving way, the fates and memories of both Catholics and Jews creating their new reality in post -World War II Poland. The gifted young author shows here an unusually well-tuned sensibility." ⎯Irena Grudzinska Gross, Princeton University

The Reader s Adviser

The Reader s Adviser
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 800
Release: 1977
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Best books
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Reader s Adviser Book Excerpt: