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Natasha Lyonne’s outfits in Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)

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"In American literature and movies, the reigning Jew is still the meek scholar or the mild family man, although I’ve lately noticed a growing cinematic population of tough Jews, surprising hero soldiers, rebels, kickers of Nazis ass, the occasional gangster. But the Anglophilic, artsy, bohemian Jew is a rarer bird, assimilating into the Gentile world not from any desire to blend in but because he is too florid to prune himself to fit available Jewish types. This, somewhat, was my father: not bookish, as Jews in his day were meant to be, but flamboyantly literary. Not self-hating, but self-creating. Not interested in himself as a Jew at all, but by no means interested in anonymity."
The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips (via jacobsilverman)
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The Governess, with Minnie Driver and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, 1998

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"Lay off the Captain. That man is going to be my rabbi."

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Main!Kitty + Ultimate!Kitty on Mutant Pride

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poniatowskaja asked: Not necessarily YA, but I would really appreciate Jewish historical fiction recs. Thank you very much!



Here are five of my favorites!  (listed chronologically, summaries are mine)

1.  As A Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg.  2nd Century CE, including the Bar Kochba revolt from 132-135; the land of Israel (called Judea).  

Expands the story of the Talmudic figure Elisha ben Abuya, who famously becomes a heretic when he sees a child die while fulfilling a commandment. Steinberg creates a beautiful character who struggles all his life between religious observance and atheism/apostasy, drawn to the pagan culture of the Roman Empire and questioning the traditions and values of his forefathers. I owe it a reread.

2.  Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon.  950 CE; the Caucasus region.

A ridiculous yet poignant adventure novel featuring neurotic, melodramatic Zelikman, a blonde Frankish Jew, and the sarcastic, conscientous Amram, a black Abyssinian Jew. They roam from town to town, conning the local villagers, acting as mercenaries for hire, and occasionally stealing. When they meet Filaq, a bedraggled and defiant teenager who claims he is an exiled prince of the Khazar Empire, Amram convinces Zelikman to take up the boy’s cause.  (longer review here)

3.  The Cross By Day, The Mezuzah By Night by Deborah Spector Siegal   1492, Spain.

(Young Adult)  During the height of the Spanish Inquisition, thirteen-year-old Isabel Caruso de Carvallo discovers that her Catholic family is hiding a dangerous secret — they are Jews who were forcibly converted a few generations ago, and they are next on Torquemada’s lists.  As they plan their escape, Isabel discovers more about the religion that her family has continued to practice quietly and what it means that her name is “really” Ruth de Cojano.  Might be out of print.

4.  All Other Nights by Dara Horn.  1862-1865 , United States of America.

Jacob Rappaport, loyal Union Army soldier, is sent below the Mason-Dixon line to spy on his own relatives in the Jewish community of New Orleans, where an assasination attempt on Lincoln is reportedly being plotted.  His second assignment is to spy on the four beautiful daughters of the Levy family of Virginia, successful and beguiling agents of the Confederacy.  Jacob is such a nebbish-y unsympathetic protagonist that I really disliked this novel at first, but there is such a wealth of historical detail and vivid imagery that I’ve grown to appreciate it a lot.   Dara Horn is one of the greats, and the conclusion really makes me catch my breath.  Jeannie Levy is amazing, even if she’s on the wrong side of justice.

5.  Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine.  1920s, United States of America

(Young Adult)  When Sephardi New Yorker Dave Caros’s father dies, he is sent to an oppressive orphanage, the Hebrew Home for the Boys, run by the greedy and cruel Mr. Bloom.  Dave starts sneaking out at night and meets the musician Solomon Gruber, who introduces him to some of the most famous figures of the Harlem Renaissance.  Both the Jewish community of the Lower East Side and the black community of Harlem are lovingly depicted.  Delightful, and loosely based on the life of the author’s father.

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"I am not a religious person; I’ve hardly ever been to synagogue. I’ve never even read the Bible. So there’s no reason for the utter conviction, the bone-deep certainty, that the terrifying, agonizing encounter I’ve just had was with an angel."
Spoils by Tammar Stein
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I just finished reading The Golem and the Jinni, better known as Two Very Tall Babies Commiserate on How Weird Humans Are and Also There is an Important Dance Sequence So Go and Buy This Book Immediately.


I just finished reading The Golem and the Jinni, better known as Two Very Tall Babies Commiserate on How Weird Humans Are and Also There is an Important Dance Sequence So Go and Buy This Book Immediately.

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#books  #the golem and the jinni  #chava 

I’d rather focus on the positive stuff. [X]

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"The deck was crowded with people, and at first the Golem didn’t see what they were waving at. But then, there she was: a gray-green woman standing in the middle of the water, holding a tablet and bearing aloft a torch. Her gaze was unblinking and she stood so still: was it another golem? Then the distance became clear, and she realized how far away the woman was, and how gigantic. Not alive, then; but the blank, smooth eyes nevertheless held a hint of understanding. And those on deck were waving and shouting at her with jubilation, crying even as they smiled. This, too, the Golem thought, was a constructed woman. Whatever she meant to the others, she was loved and respected for it. For the first time since Rotfeld’s death, the Golem felt something like hope."
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (via varlandgear)
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