January 9: H.N. Bialik

Modern Israel’s “national poet,” Haim Nahman Bialik, was born in Ukraine on this day in 1873. By his mid-twenties, Bialik was widely acclaimed for his writings in both Yiddish and Hebrew and had translated Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Cervantes’ Don Quixote, and other classics of world literature into Hebrew. With his longtime collaborator Yehoshua Ravnitzky, he […]

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My Life in Books (2008)

by Esther Cohen I was on the corner of 42nd and 9th Avenue thinking about whether or not to spend the money on a Starbucks latté when Betsy, my kind-voiced agent, called on my cellphone. Some agents call their clients all the time, to cheer them on and give them the it’s not so bad […]

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