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By Ezra Glinter

  • Isreali filmmaker Amos Gitai has been chosen to participate in the international film project, “Words With Gods.”
Ward Shelley, People of the Book v.1, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Pierogi Gallery.
  • Madame Tussauds has unveiled a wax statue of Anne Frank in Berlin.

  • Edith Pearlman has won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for her short story collection, “Binocular Vision.”

  • Zackary Sholem Berger shares his thoughts on translation at Paper Darts magazine.

  • Robin Cembalest takes a look at the flow chart art of Ward Shelley.

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By Ezra Glinter

  • British historian Sir Martin Gilbert has won the $1 million Dan David Prize.

  • The New York Oberserver was at HEEB’s 10th anniversary party.

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  • On the Yiddish Song of the Week blog, Itzik Gottesman writes about recording the Yiddish poet I. Berkovitch in Romania.

  • Etgar Keret has a new short story, “Suddenly There’s a Knock on the Door,” in Guernica Magazine.

  • Steve Dalachinsky gives a shout-out to Jake Marmer’s “Jazz Talmud” in the Brooklyn Rail.

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By Ezra Glinter

  • Remember “My Dinner With André”? Well, Wallace Shawn and André Gregory are back at it with an adaptation of Ibsen’s “Master Builder.”
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  • “Leeches” by David Albahari, “Fiasco” by Imre Kertész, “Kafka’s Leopards” by Moacyr Scliar and “Scenes From Village Life” by Amos Oz, are all on the longlist for the 2012 Best Translated Book Awards.

  • 3:AM Magazine reflects on the continuing fascination with Walter Benjamin.

  • Deborah Felman’s book “Unorthodox” gets the Unpious treatment.

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By Ezra Glinter

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‘Footnote’ director Joseph Cedar.
  • Rabbi Norman Lamm’s new book on Purim gets a glowing review.

  • HEEB talks to “Footnote” director Joseph Cedar.

  • On the Yiddish Song of the Week blog, listen to “Hayda-liu-liu” performed by the linguist Mordkhe Schaechter.

  • Daniel Treiman identifies ‘the greatest tangent in movie reviewing’ in a piece by former New York City mayor Ed Koch.

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By Ezra Glinter

  • The iconic Negev bookstore in Toronto is set to close.

  • “A Sportman’s Guide to the Torah”? Of course there’s such a thing.

  • Will Sacha Baron Cohen be allowed to attend the Oscars in character?

  • Susan Goldman Rubin has won the Association of Jewish Libraries’ Sydney Taylor Book Award for her biography of Leonard Bernstein.

  • Marc Tracy goes to hear Woody Allen talk about magic, among other things.

  • HEEB Magazine turns 10 years old tonight.

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By Ezra Glinter

  • The Guardian looks into the influence of Yiddish on British theater.
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  • Will Hollywood success affect Michael Chabon’s fiction?

  • The latest issue of the LABA Journal is out, featuring essays by Elissa Strauss, Stephen Hazan Arnoff and Karen Loew.

  • J. Hoberman wonders whether we are beginning to see an Obama-inflected cinema.

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By Ezra Glinter

Rudolf Schlichter, 'Damenkneipe' ('Ladies' Dive'), 1923
  • Jason Diamond writes for The New York Times about the curse of having once been a barista.

  • R. Crumb and Will Eisner are among 130 illustrators creating a three-volume graphic novel version of the western canon.

  • The latest short story by Robert Walser in the New York Review of Books describes the author’s favorite Berlin bar.

  • The Arty Semite contributor Jillian Steinhauer offers 127 reasons why we’re fascinated by lists.

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  • Israel’s biggest outdoor sculpture exhibition is happening now in Jerusalem.

  • Sam Roberts reviews “Jews and Booze” for The New York Times. Read Jenny Hendrix’s review of the book for the Forward here.

  • Adam Kirsch leafs through the letters of Joseph Roth.

  • Millionare music mogul Alan Melzer left $1 million to his driver and $500,000 to his doorman.

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By Ezra Glinter

  • The Israeli Museum of Caricature and Comics is giving its Golden Pencil award to “Dry Bones” creator Yaakov Kirschen.

  • Forward contributor Robert Zaretsky writes for The New York Times about Paris, as seen through Hollywood’s lens.

  • The Times profiles Yiddish vaudevillian Shane Baker. Read the Forward’s profile of Baker from 2010 here.

  • Keven Shea Adams takes pictures of an abandoned 1920s theater hidden above an East Village bodega.

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By Ezra Glinter

  • In Brooklyn, Crown Heights is the new Williamsburg.

  • Steven Spielberg may direct a Moses biopic called “Gods and Kings.”

  • The Village Voice’s Jen Doll publishes her lost interview with “Goosebumps” author R.L. Stine.

  • George Robinson profiles cellist Maya Baiser and her love of tango for the Jewish Week. Read my profile of Beiser from 2010 here.

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  • Polish director Agnieszka Holland’s Holocaust film “In Darkness” has been nominated for an Academy Award in the foreign language category.

  • Welcome to the Sundance synagogue.

  • Yehoash’s classic Yiddish translation of the Bible is now available as a mobile app.

  • Montreal’s Segal Centre for Performing Arts has appointed Audrey Finkelstein to head the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre.

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  • Joseph Cedar’s film “Footnote” has been nominated for an Oscar in the foreign language category.

  • Leonard Cohen has a poem in this week’s New Yorker.

  • Joshua Cohen writes about smuggling a suitcase full of books to Berlin.

  • A British publisher wants to reissue “Mein Kampf” in Germany, but the Bavarian copyright holders are having none of it.

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  • David Mamet is looking for a Hebrew teacher.

  • Leonard Cohen talks about romance, poetry, suicide, music, Sergio Leone and cigarettes in a 1988 BBC interview.

  • On Conan O’Brien, David Cross called a producer of “Alvin and the Chipmunks” “the personification of what people think about when they think negatively about Jews.”

  • Andrea Strongwater paints the lost synagogues of Europe.

  • Ron Capshaw spells out Arthur Miller’s real Communist ties, including his Marxist theater criticism under the pseudonym “Matt Wayne.”

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By Ezra Glinter

Hipsters, 2 a.m.,’ by Elke Reva Sudin.
  • It’s Judaican’t, “showcasing unfortunate Judaica and Jewish gifts.”

  • J.J. Gould appreciates Czechoslovakian dissident Josef Skvorecky, who explained why totalitarians hate jazz.

  • Elke Reva Sudin brings her “Hipsters and Hassids” paintings to Hartford, Conn.

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Ahron Weiner, N° 5, Carnage.
  • This month marks the 70th anniversary of the infamous Wannsee Conference, where the Nazis arrived at the Final Solution.

  • Germany has a brand-new English-language Jewish newspaper, the Jewish Voice From Germany.

  • Photographer Aaron Weiner (featured on The Arty Semite here) talks about “Cycles of Violence,” his photo-collage response to 9/11.

  • The Brooklyn Museum displays early paintings by Eva Hesse, but leaves out their Jewish context.

  • Film critic and Yiddish cinema expert J. Hoberman has been laid off from the Village Voice. Here are 10 of his lessons for writing great film criticism.

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  • An enormous cinema complex is being planned for the port of Tel Aviv.

  • Daniel Retter, an immigration attorney from the Bronx, has written the first index to the Talmud.

  • Music students at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance are working to restore lost Jewish compositions.

  • Apparently, the beardless Matisyahu is still generating controversy thanks to a run-in with a photographer at one of his shows.

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By Ezra Glinter

  • Forward artist-in-residence Eli Valley interviews Drew Friedman, author of “Old Jewish Comedians: a Visual Encyclopedia.”

  • The Klezmatics are scheduled to appear on Conan O’Brien tonight. Tune in!

  • If you’re in New York, celebrate the second night of Hanukkah at Southpaw with The Shondes, Yiddish Princess and Schmekel.

  • The New York Times talks up the Sephardic Music Festival.

  • The Atlantic features an excerpt from “Shadows in Winter: A Memoir of Love and Loss” by Eitan Fishbane.

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