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Author’s first novel tackles the clouds, despair of bipolar II disorder
Susan Sofayov said that her debut novel “Defective,” published by Black Opal Books in 2014, was “the first thing I wrote in my life other than a grant proposal.” Sofayov, a Mt. Lebanon resident, wh...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Author’s roundabout journey to Orthodoxy includes website for writers
“I grew up as a nerd,” Matthue Roth confesses. Roth, 37, is a published author several times over, with credits including the award-winning “Never Mind the Goldbergs” and “My First Kafka,” a pictur...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Listen to ‘The Lion’
“Music is my spirituality,” said Benjamin Scheuer, the singer/songwriter/author of a heartbreaking and heartwarming one-man musical, “The Lion.” Music is also his saving grace. “The Lion” runs thro...
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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A fresh crop of Jewish books for spring
Spring — when nature itself seems to reawaken — is a time for renewal. Indeed, Jewish tradition teaches that Passover is a holiday of rebirth, a second new year. So it’s probably a good idea to spr...
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pittsburgh native’s first novel became his first screenplay — and a film capturing Sundance awards
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
When you hear the words “teenager with a terminal illness,” it’s likely that the place your brain leaps to isn’t, “very funny.” Yet Jesse Andrews, author of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” has ma...
Book Review: Harmony, rhythm help move Philip Glass’ ‘Words’
by Suzanne Meyer
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
In New York in the 1960s it wasn’t unusual for struggling artists to do odd jobs to make a buck until the next big break. Author Fran Lebowitz drove a taxi and still owns her vintage checkered cab....
Pittsburgh-based composer proves opera can be ‘cool and hip’
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
Douglas Levine began Bucknell University as a management major and switched to the music program after his freshman year. “You can imagine how traumatic that parents’ weekend was!” He never looked ...
Once war-torn, Vietnam now popular with Western tourists
by Ben G. Frank, Special to the Chronicle
Jun 03, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
Who would have dreamed that the war-ravaged Vietnam of the 1960s would become one of the most in-destinations for Western tourists? And that American and French Jews, as well as Israelis, would be ...
Agnieszka Kurant and the art of what’s missing
by Lucy Blatter, JTA
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — On June 5, Agnieszka Kurant will become one of only a handful of artists to have their work adorn the famous curved facade of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum here. Kurant’s “The End of ...
Retro Review: Humor is a teaching tool in revisiting ‘Up the Down Staircase’
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
“In homeroom … they went after me with all their ammunition:  whistling, shouting, drumming on desks, clacking inkwell lids, playing catch with the board eraser, sprawling in their seats to trip ea...
With this Bellow’s collection, there really is something to think about
by Neal Gendler
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
Aptly named, Benjamin Taylor’s collection of nonfiction by Nobel-winning novelist Saul Bellow can seem like its title: 512 thought-provoking pages of Bellow on life, aspirations, disappointments, c...
On this Front Porch, young, local artists grab a deserving spotlight
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
May 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
Summer and romance go together so well that local theater company Front Porch Theatricals kicks off its season May 22 with “The Last Five Years,” a piece detailing five years in the lives of a New ...
Imagination gives first-graders chance to build bridge to diversity
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
May 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
In a kind of “Muppets” meets writing workshop, a weeklong experimental program at Hillel Academy tested the idea that technology — and some fun — could promote inclusivity and develop writing skill...
At Bergen-Belsen memorial, warnings and worry on Holocaust remembrance
by Toby Axelrod, JTA
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
LOHHEIDE, Germany — At the former Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, hundreds of survivors, along with their children and grandchildren, stood together on April 26 under gray skies on a ground alive...