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This Week in Forward Arts and Culture

By Ezra Glinter

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RICHARD TERMINE
  • “Casino Jack,” the Jack Abramoff biopic starring Kevin Spacey, opens today. Read our review from the Toronto International Film Festival here.

  • Joshua Furst bugs out at an Icelandic adaptation of Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” featuring music by Nick Cave.

  • Jo-Ann Mort reads through two of the Arab world’s pre-eminent poets.

  • Gordon Haber investigates one of New York’s biggest wheeler-dealers.

  • Philologos tests the waters.

  • Tom L. Freudenheim admires the paintings of neglected Jewish artist Meijer de Haan.

  • Jake Marmer delves into the poetry of Aharon Shabtai.

  • And on the heels of today’s post about “A Jewish Girl in Shanghai,” Ross Perlin, “A New York Jew in China,” takes a look at Chinese attitudes toward Jews:


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