The Arty Semite

Out and About: The Trials of Leonard Slatkin; New Ending for West Memphis Three

By Ezra Glinter

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  • Sara Ivry talks to comic book artist Joann Sfar, diretor of a new film about French Jewish songwriter Serge Gainsbourg.

  • Leonard Slatkin has suffered a heart attack, been fired from the Metropolitan Opera and had the Detroit Symphony Orchestra go on strike, but the Los Angeles conductor keeps on trucking.

  • “Paradise Lost: Purgatory,” a documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky about the West Memphis Three, is getting a new ending after the wrongfully convicted men were set free.

  • Shtetl on the Shortwave visits KlezKanada.

  • Michael Wex takes note of the recent rash of chutzpah sightings.

  • The New Republic unearths a 1945 review by Saul Bellow of “Song of the Dnieper” by Zalman Shneour.

  • A Polish singer charged with offending religious sentiments for tearing up a Bible on stage has been found not guilty.


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