Even turtles have to poke their heads out sometimes

What makes Jewish literature Jewish?

In theory, I’m on vacation, make that staycation, with my kids and not posting. However, in the last week, two authors I respect both posted on a topic I’ve contemplated before: what is Jewish literature? Their ideas were both useful and inspirational. It’s worth reading the posts. You can read Libi Astaire’s post here and Erika Dreifus’s here.

On a related note, after a short hiatus, Tablet has started posting fiction again. I’m wondering if the complaints about whether their previous stories were examples of Jewish literature had an effect — both the recent pieces have been translations of Israeli authors.

2 thoughts on “Even turtles have to poke their heads out sometimes

  1. Thank you for poking out your head! I have to confess that I’ve been following Tablet’s fiction with interest, too (though when I clicked the “Fiction” tab [http://www.tabletmag.com/?cat=17317] I didn’t see the recent podcast show up; I’m assuming that one of the two pieces you’re thinking of was shared via the podcast at http://www.tabletmag.com/podcasts/139195/david-ehrlich-fiction-haskell). Did you see this piece on A. Bender’s new book, in which I surmise her Tablet story is republished? (http://blogs.forward.com/sisterhood-blog/181478/writer-aimee-bender-veers-into-new-territory/) How can we keep track of it all???

    P.S. Hope that you are enjoying your staycation!


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