The Arty Semite

Out and About: David Mamet on 'A Life in the Theater'; the Big Band's Big Comeback

By Ezra Glinter

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A puppet from an exhibit at Holon’s Puppet Theater Center in July.
  • David Mamet talks about “A Life in the Theater,” his 1977 play that opened on Broadway for the first time last week.

  • Jewish American novelist Belva Plain, Warsaw-born Jewish mathematician Benoît B. Mandelbrot and renowned legal scholar Louis Henkin have died.

  • Sanford Pinsker says a mishebeyrach for Albert Murray.

  • How “German protestantism, high literacy, well organised universities and a Jewish citizenry” all contributed to the concept of “Germanness” well before the formation of the German state.

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