March 12: Copland’s Fanfare

Aaron Copland‘s “Fanfare for the Common Man” had its first performance on this date in 1942, by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under conductor Eugene Goossens. The piece, inspired in part by a famous speech by Vice President Henry A. Wallace proclaiming the dawning of the “Century of the Common Man,” later became the main theme […]

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Among Young Communists in the Bronx

by Marissa Piesman Discussed in this essay: A Distant Heartbeat: A War, a Disappearance, and a Family’s Secrets, by Eunice Lipton. University of Mexico Press, 2016, 176 pages. I WILL WILLINGLY read any book in which “YCL” (Young Communists League) and “Tremont Avenue” appear in the same sentence — and Eunice Lipton’s family memoir was […]

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Fear and Loathing in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

by Hillel Schenker IT’S BEEN A TERRIBLE few days in my two cities, Jerusalem where I work and Tel Aviv where I live. On late Monday afternoon as I was about to leave the Palestine-Israel Journal office, my colleague Marwan got a phone call that there had been an incident near Damascus Gate: A Palestinian […]

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