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By Ezra Glinter

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  • The latest issue of the Laba Journal is out: “The Laba Guide to Noah’s Ark.”

  • Muslim silversmith Kamai Rubaih is helping to preserve the art of Yemeni Jewish silver jewelry.

  • Shane Baker tries to give away “A Biographical Dictionary of Yiddish Writers in the Soviet Union.”

  • Catholics in Paris protested against a so-called “blasphemous” play.

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By Ezra Glinter

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  • Dozens of Israeli artists, intellectuals, academics and former military officials are asking Prime Minister Netanyahu to freeze the country’s wave of anti-democratic legislation.

  • NPR’s “On the Media” talks to author Susan Daitch about her novel “Paper Conspiracies” and the Dreyfus Affair.

  • Stanley Kauffmann reviews “Paul Goodman Changed My Life.” (Read The Arty Semite’s review here

  • Israel once boasted a thriving pulp fiction industry.

  • André Aciman reflects on a Gypsy song of mysterious origin.

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Out and About

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  • The Beastie Boys are being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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  • Tablet features a work-in-progress graphic novel about the roots of hip-hop.

  • GQ features an illustrated account of the raid on Osama bin Laden.

  • The latest edition of Jewish Fiction.net is out, featuring stories by S.Y. Agnon, George Jonas and Lea Kaminsky.

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By Ezra Glinter

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  • The world’s oldest Holocaust museum, in London, is moving to a new home.

  • Nicolas Cage showed up at a Chabad fundraiser in Alaska.

  • Tablet magazine ranks the top 100 Jewish films.

  • Shulem Deen contemplates whether a Native American chant at a Rainbow Gathering can replace the Hasidic gatherings of his youth.

  • Philip Glass joined an Occupy Wall Street protest at Lincoln Center, following a performance of his opera “Satyagraha.”

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Out and About

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  • Listen to Itzik Manger read his poem, “A Tree That Stands.”

  • Artist Jacqueline Nicholls and Forward artist-in-residence Eli Valley talk to Jason Solomons about Occupy Wall Street and the Israeli tent protests for the Guardian’s “Sounds Jewish” podcast.

  • John Berger talks to The Paris Review about reimagining Spinoza’s sketchbook.

  • William Deresiewicz writes about being an East Coast Jew in Portland.

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Out and About

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  • The Times photographs Brooklyn’s Russian ballet.

  • Liana Finck gives a graphic take on the Forward-sponsored Graphic Details exhibition.

  • The Ben Uri Gallery in London is showing the once-missing works of painter Josef Herman.

  • The New York Times profiles the Jewish trans-band Schmekel. Read Eddy Portnoy’s piece for the Forward here.

  • Forward contributor Joshua Furst is interviewed by Ugarte Magazine.

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  • Hipster Jew does The Big Lebowski, Sesame Street style.

  • The Jewish Week gives its first Excellence in Journalism Award to photojournalist Ruth Gruber.

  • Twelve tracks recorded by Amy Winehouse are being held in the Island Records vault, and the record label intends to keep them there.

  • Jonathan Lethem talks to Laura Miller about the literary world and high school.

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  • The infamous Jewish secret agent Oy-Oy 7 has returned, and Andrew Silow-Carroll is celebrating.

  • In preparation for Thanksgiving, William Shatner warns about the dangers of exploding turkeys.

  • Nineteen-year-old Jewish rapper Mac Miller has reached #1 on the Billboard charts with his independently produced album, “Blue Slide Park.”

  • Take a gander at Leonard Cohen’s gun collection.

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Out and About

By Ezra Glinter

  • The British Mandate-era bar Casino de Paris has reopened in Jerusalem.

  • Take a look at one of the most Jewish Bob Dylan photos ever.

  • “The Jazz Singer” returns to New York City.

  • Egypt cancelled new age 11/11/11 celebrations at the Pyramids out of fear that the Jews might return to claim them.

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Out and About

By Ezra Glinter

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  • Producer Brian Grazer will replace Brett Ratner at this year’s Oscars.

  • Variety takes a look at Caroline Hirsch, the grande dame of New York comedy.

  • Jed Perl has some nice things to say about the exhibit of Islamic art at the Met.

  • Steven Spielberg’s name has been blacked out of Tintin posters in Beirut.

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Sharon Ya'ari, 'Anzac,' 2009-2011
  • Robert Deniro might play Bernard Madoff in a possibly forthcoming HBO film.

  • Another soon-to-be-completed movie tells the story of Yoni Netanyahu, who was killed during the Entebbe Operation in 1976.

  • NPR looks at “The Radical Camera” exhibit at The Jewish Museum.

  • WNYC listens to the Forward’s first-ever radio show, which was on… WNYC!

  • Jenna Weissman Joselit takes in the work of Israeli photographer Sharon Ya’ari.

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  • A posthumous Amy Winehouse album is set to be released in December.

  • The British music label EMI is being sold to Russian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik.

  • For the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, Nextbook Press has created an interactive version of Emma Lazarus’s poem, “The New Colossus.”

  • Nathaniel Rabkin takes a look at an Israeli TV series about an Orthodox mobster and his family.

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Out and About

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Joseph Papp in 1975.
  • An HBO film directed by Oliver Stone and about New York City “master builder” Robert Moses is in the works.

  • David P. Goldman explains what makes Don Giovanni a Jewish opera.

  • The National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis gave its 2011 award for best stage production to Mark St. Germain’s “Freud’s Last Session.” Read The Arty Semite’s review here.

  • Benjamin Millepied, dancer and husband to Natalie Portman, is retiring from the New York City Ballet.

  • The Public Theater celebrated its late artistic director, Joseph Papp, with an evening of reminiscing and a new documentary, “ Joe Papp in Five Acts.”

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Out and About

By Ezra Glinter

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  • Vivian Gornick celebrates Emma Goldman’s revolutionary individualism.

  • Leonard Cohen accepts the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters with one of the most moving acceptance speeches of all time.

  • Israeli boxer Ilya Grad has become the first Israeli to enter Malaysia, in order to participate in a reality TV show about boxing.

  • Nahma Sandrow watches Yiddish films at the Medias Central European Film Festival.

  • In the new issue of the LABA Journal, Ruby Namdar writers about our attempts to make a name for ourselves, Stephen Arnoff writers about Patti Smith and Elissa Strauss writes about the tchotchkes on her desk.

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Out and About: Norman Mailer's Pad; Cairo Geniza Online

By Ezra Glinter

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  • Gareth Unwin, producer of “The King’s Speech,” is hoping to increase cooperation between the British and Israeli film industries.

  • A dispute has arisen over the sale of Norman Mailer’s Brooklyn Heights apartment due to custom renovations performed by the late author.

  • A new project is afoot to digitize the Cairo Geniza.

  • The Jewish Museum in Vienna has reopened with an exhibit about Jews and Hollywood.

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Out and About: Marc Chagall in Canada; Dura Europos Uncovered

By Ezra Glinter

Marc Chagall, ‘The Fiddler,’ 1912-1913.
  • Marc Chagall and his contemporaries get a reappraisal at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

  • Max Elstein Keisler thinks about Y-Love and Aramaic hip-hop.

  • Ayelet Dekel talks to filmmaker Julia Loktev at the Haifa Film Festival.

  • An exhibit at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World brings to life the Jews, Christians and Pagans who once lived in Dura-Europos, and the archeologists who unearthed the ancient settlement.

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Out and About: New York's 'Power Congregations'; 'Maus' at 25

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  • Paul Buhle wonders whether comics are the Jewish art form.

  • Jeff Newelt picks the top 11 comic books of 5771.

  • Ruth Franklin looks back at Art Spiegelman’s “Maus” on its 25th anniversary.

  • Foster Kamer picks New York’s top 10 “power congregations.”

  • In a newly published lecture, Saul Bellow ponders the role of “A Jewish Writer in America.”

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Out and About: Nobel Prize to Swedish Poet; Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah's Ark'

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Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer
  • The Swedish Academy has awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature to Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer. And just when we thought Bob Dylan might actually win it, this time.

  • In France, a movie tells the story of a Paris mosque that saved Jews during the Holocaust.

  • Tablet Magazine’s Sam Kerbel analyzes Nick Kroll’s role on the FX sitcom “The League.” Read The Arty Semite’s take here.

  • Yedioth Ahronoth details a secret operation to bring 11 Bibles, carefully guarded by the Jewish community of Syria, to Israel under the Rabin government.

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Out and About: Brooklyn's Shofar Master; Frank Miller's Revenge

By Ezra Glinter

  • Thousands of Jerusalem’s “pashkevilim” are going online.

  • Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel is a revenge fantasy against Muslims.

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  • The Statue of Liberty turned 25.

  • Joseph Berger profiles Borough Park’s shofar master.

  • Paul Simon was inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Out and About: Samberg as Zuckerberg; No Shirtless Men in Iran

By Ezra Glinter

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  • Andy Samberg impersonated Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook conference last week.

  • Max Elstein Keisler talks to Kosha Dillz about being the only Zionist rapper in the room.

  • Manohla Dargis tries to sort out the mess that is Lars von Trier.

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