Archive for April, 2012
Calling all Gleeks! Since its debut, Glee has become a bona fide cultural phenomenon. Now in its third season, the award-winning musical comedy has broken the record for the most single entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In conversation with Nathaniel Deutsch
The Haggadah—the sacred story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt—has been read around the Seder table as part of the Jewish celebration of Passover for hundreds of years. Now, Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) orchestrates a new way of experiencing and understanding this text. His unique and absorbing rendition is beautifully designed and illustrated by the acclaimed Israeli artist and calligrapher Oded Ezer with a new translation by Nathan Englander (For the Relief of Unbearable Urges), and brings together some of the pre-eminent voices of our time with provocative commentary by major Jewish writers and thinkers, including Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Nathaniel Deutsch, Jeffrey Goldberg and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein.
The idiosyncratic writer, filmmaker and performance artist is best known for her quirky films Me and You and Everyone We Know and most recently The Future. Her latest book It Chooses You explores the richness of people’s lives through their personal items found on sale in classified ads.
Why did the Nazis save a trove of books from seventeenth-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza’s personal library? What did they want with the books of a Jewish thinker whom they reviled? Acclaimed psychotherapist and bestselling author Dr. Irvin Yalom (When Nietzsche Wept) unravels the origins and meaning of this mystery in his new novel, The Spinoza Problem.
Featuring Joyce Carol Oates and Benjamin Taylor with Peter Orner
Gain insights into the lasting legacy of Saul Bellow, whose works include The Adventures of Augie March, Henderson the Rain King and Herzog. Author Benjamin Taylor has edited Bellow’s prolific collection of personal letters into Saul Bellow: Letters. He joins acclaimed writer Joyce Carol Oates in a discussion of this brilliant and complex artist. Peter Orner (Love and Shame and Love) hosts.