The Arty Semite

Out and About: Jerry Seinfeld's Comedy Archive; Talking to Juliano Mer-Khamis

By Ezra Glinter

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Jerry Seinfeld, in his first national television appearance in 1977.
  • Jerry Seinfeld plans to release nearly all of his recorded standup on his website, Jerryseinfeld.com, tomorrow.

  • The latest LABA Journal is out, featuring Elissa Strauss on why she won’t marry King David, Basmat Hazan on why we definitely need to pay attention to what David is wearing, and Stephen Hazan Arnoff on Justin Bieber, the latest and greatest of a long line of Davids.

  • Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim and two dozen classical musicians crossed into Gaza to play Mozart for an invitation-only audience.

  • Souciant magazine publishes an interview with slain Palestinian-Jewish actor Juliano Mer-Khamis.

  • CUNY has decided not to award an honorary degree to playwright Tony Kushner because of Kushner’s criticism of the State of Israel. Maybe they never saw our video.

  • Miki Kratsman, an Argentinean-born Israeli photographer has won the $50 thousand Robert Gardner Fellowship from Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

  • Oren Hartman’s “The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness” is a winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Read our review, from way back last June, here.

  • How important is the Talmud Yerushalmi as a source of Halacha?

  • The first Yiddish smartphone has been released in Israel.

  • Conductor James Levine talks to NPR’s Terry Gross on his 40th anniversary conducting the Metropolitan Opera.

  • French-Jewish literary master George Perec’s amazingly titled 1968 novel “The Art and Craft of Approaching Your Head of Department to Submit a Request for a Raise,” is finally out in a complete English translation.

  • Psychedelic filmmaker Ira Cohen and sociologist Harold Garfinkel have died.


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