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Gabriel Garcia Marquez had Fidel Castro read his books to catch errors before publication

There are a lot of great opening lines in literature. But this one by the late Gabriel Garcia-Marquez is among the best: “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.” That’s the way he starts the book […]

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How Jimmy Stewart’s war service affected ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

As we stare headlong into the approaching holiday season, the 1946 James Stewart classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” is set to make its annual television appearance Saturday on NBC. It was the first movie Stewart made when he returned home after serving as a pilot in World War II, an experience that left him adrift […]

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Wole Soyinka, Nobel Prize-winning author, throws away green card over Trump win

Nobel Prize-winning author Wole Soyinka said Thursday that he fulfilled his promise to throw away his United States green card and relocate if Donald Trump won the presidency. “I’ve done it,” the Nigerian author told news channel eNCA on the sidelines of an education conference at the University of Johannesburg, Reuters reported. “When I was […]

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The newly expanded 2016 product line celebrates strong female role models with history and humor CINCINNATI, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The pop culture icon, THE MENSCH ON A BENCH has not only expanded his Mishpacha, but also continues to solidify his presence as a meaningful holiday presence for Jewish and interfaith families. Neal Hoffman, […]

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Spider-Man’s web of Jewishness

By Joe Spier CALGARY, Alberta, Canada — Spider-Man is Jewish At the risk of boring devotees of the flagship character and corporate mascot of Marvel comic books and of the hugely successful Spider-Man movie franchise, those who know the origin story much better than I do, the Spider-Man narrative begins with Peter Parker who becomes […]

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Spies in Palestine: Love, Betrayal and the Heroic Life of Sarah Aaronsohn’

SPIES IN PALESTINE: LOVE, BETRAYAL AND THE HEROIC LIFE OF SARAH AARONSOHN By James Srodes Counterpoint, $24, 203 pages By Joseph C. Goulden In more than half a century of reading intelligence literature, seldom have I encountered an operative with the raw courage of Sarah Aaronsohn. Whatever spy tradecraft the woman knew was self-taught. She […]

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Handwritten Anne Frank Poem Auctioned for $148,000

A poem handwritten by one of the Holocaust’s most famous victims, diarist Anne Frank, sold for 140,000 euros (roughly $148,000) on Wednesday at a Dutch auction house. The sum, which doesn’t include the auctioneer’s commission, greatly exceeded the expected sale price of 30,000 to 50,000 euros. Thijs Blankevoort, director of the Bubb Kuyper auction house […]

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Colson Whitehead Wins National Book Award in Fiction

Colson Whitehead won the National Book Award in fiction on Wednesday for his bestselling novel and Oprah Book Club pick The Underground Railroad. His fellow winners that evening were Ibram X. Kendi in nonfiction for Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America; Daniel Borzutzky in poetry for The Performance of […]

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Trump supporters try to undermine Megyn Kelly’s book with an onslaught of negative reviews on Amazon

Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump are using online retailer Amazon to attack Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly through harsh reviews of her new book. More than 100 negative one-star reviews appeared on the Amazon page selling Kelly’s memoir “Settle For More,” within hours of its Tuesday release. Many of the comments came through a link […]

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Did the Bard crib from another book on King Lear?

  1606, Shakespeare and the Year of Lear by James Shapiro published by Faber and Faber, 2015. By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — When I picked this book up at Luton airport, as I was about to board a plane, I thought I was going to read a historical novel. I couldn’t have been more […]

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Uncovered letters shed light on Jewish Austrian writer Stefan Zweig

The Jewish Austrian author Stefan Zweig corresponded with an aspiring writer for years before the Nazis rose to power in Germany. These previously unknown letters have now emerged decades after his death. Tel Aviv (dpa) – The letters from one of the most important writers of the 1920s and 1930s had sat in a bank […]

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The Mighty Hillary Strikes Out

(With apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer) By Laurie Baron The outlook was optimistic for Clinton-Kane just yesterday. The polls showed leads of three points, but narrowing each day. When Comey concluded that she was not to blame. The voters who despised her had nothing to defame. The Donald was campaigning, appealing to white males. Spouting […]

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Book celebrates 28 of San Diego’s remarkable women

Remarkable Women of San Diego: Pioneers, Visionaries and Innovators by Hannah S. Cohen and Gloria G. Harris; History Press © 2016; ISBN 9781467-118262; 144 pages including index and bibliography, $21.90. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO –Divided into four time periods that begin in 1850, 1900, 1950 and 2000, this collection of biographical sketches honors […]

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A Ukrainian Jew and her American multi- millionaire

Did You Ever Have the Chance to Marry an American Multimillionaire? by Dora Klinova; DK Corporation; (c) 2016: ISBN 9781533-137852; 245 pages. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — This autobiographical work was fictionalized enough to be classified as a novel, but it closely follows author Dora Klinova’s own progress in San Diego in the […]

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