Wednesday Night Fiction: Oral History — Strudel

by Barbara Ann Porte   IT WAS SOME TIME around 1990 when my aunt by marriage, Betty Spodak, came to visit me for a week. She’d celebrated her eightieth birthday several months earlier. It was during this visit I heard, for the first time, that she’d started life with a different first name, Bertha. “Immigrants […]

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May 13: Myron Brinig’s 21 Novels

The first American Jewish novelist to write about gay life with any depth (and one of the first of his generation to write in English instead of Yiddish), Myron Brinig died at 95 on this date in 1991. Brinig grew up with shopkeeper parents in Butte, Montana, where his early books are set. As a […]

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Jewish Journeys: The “Customer Man” — A Love Story

by Violet Snow “When things were bad, my dad would say, ‘A klog tzu Columbusen‘ — ‘A curse on Columbus,’ remembers my father-in-law, Jack Gorelick, whose parents arrived in the U.S. from White Russia in the early 1900s. “When things were good, he’d say ‘Die goldene medina‘—’The golden country.’” Jack’s father, Avram Gorelick, grew up […]

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