The Arty Semite

This Week in Forward Arts and Culture

By Ezra Glinter

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Detail from ‘Girl With Vegetables’ by Jerzy Ascher, 1925.
  • Talia Bloch sings the praises of poet and Bollingen Prize-winner Allen Grossman.

  • Philologos wonders when ‘Palestine’ became such a controversial word.

  • Jenna Weissman Joselit pores over Chief Rabbi of Cincinnati Eliezer Silver’s ledger book.

  • Benjamin Ivry appreciates the Jewish artists at the Villa la Fleur museum outside of Warsaw.

  • Joshua Furst questions the theatrical pieties of Lisa Kron’s new play, “In the Wake.”

  • Jordana Horn keeps score at “Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story.”

  • Back in 1903, Forverts editor Ab Cahan encouraged Jewish parents to let their children play ball, “as long as he doesn’t become an athlete as a result.”

  • On November 8, Social Realist painter Jack Levine passed away at the age of 95. In this 1997 profile, then-Forward arts and culture editor (and current ARTnews executive editor) Robin Cembalest visited Levine in his studio.

  • In the latest Nigun project, Jeremiah Lockwood joins forces with Yula Be’eri on “Through the Castle at Night.”

  • In this week’s Yid Lit podcast, Allison Gaudet Yarrow talks to Adam Levine, author of the newly published tome “The Instructions.”

  • And on the Forverts video channel, China correspondent Ross Perlin checks in from “the roof of the world.”


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