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As a poet and essay­ist, my work is root­ed in the impact fem­i­nism has had on my life as a man, par­tic­u­lar­ly as a sur­vivor of child­hood sex­u­al vio­lence. As a lit­er­ary co-trans­la­tor, I write about the rel­e­vance of clas­si­cal Per­sian poet­ry to our con­tem­po­rary lives.

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<span class="dquo">“</span>Between the 1930s and the year 2000…only 32 novels were translated from Arabic into Hebrew.”

Between the 1930s and the year 2000…only 32 novels were translated from Arabic into Hebrew.”

The post that sta­tis­tic comes from is from 2011. It’s by Olivia Snai­je, Ara­bic and Hebrew: The Pol­i­tics of Lit­er­ary Trans­la­tion, on the blog called Pub­lish­ing Per­spec­tives, and it is a shame­ful sta­tis­tic if I ever saw one, almost as bad as the fact that less than 3% of the lit­er­ary works pub­lished in the Unit­ed […]

from “Pluralism and Its Discontents: The Case of Blacks and Jews,” by Cheryl Greenberg

from “Pluralism and Its Discontents: The Case of Blacks and Jews,” by Cheryl Greenberg

Twen­ty years or so ago, not too long after I first start­ed teach­ing at the col­lege where I am still a pro­fes­sor, one of my colleagues–the woman who start­ed the institution’s Jew­ish Stud­ies Project–tried to start a Black-Jew­ish dia­logue on cam­pus. It was not suc­cess­ful. One rea­son, I think, was struc­tur­al. In my mem­o­ry the idea for the […]

from “The Lines That Antisemitism and Racism Draw”

from “The Lines That Antisemitism and Racism Draw”

Today is Shab­bat Nachamu, the Sab­bath of Con­so­la­tion. Last year at this time, I was on a fam­i­ly vaca­tion in Europe, sit­ting in our host’s din­ing room in Swe­den, ear­ly in the morn­ing while every­one else was still asleep, and writ­ing the fourth in a series of let­ters to Jonathan Pen­ton about racism and anti­semitism. […]

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