1 May 2011 0 Comments

My Mozart book gets Wikied

How does a writer know when he has arrived? It used to be a review in The New York Times signified public notice. Or for, let’s say, Soviet writers, it was a sentence to a Gulag. Well, I’ve been reviewed in The Times several times and I’ve been living in Jerusalem for 15 years (not […]

16 July 2010 1 Comment

Read international crime fiction instead, World Cup fans

World Cup fans, don’t fear hours of emptiness. Take up a work by an international crime fiction author. It’s the perfect replacement for your lost fix – and it’s a lot better for your soul, too. Here’s why. As the World Cup unfolded over the last month, newspapers all over the globe were filled with […]

20 May 2010 0 Comments

Jimmy Carter, apartheid, hemorrhoids and Matt Beynon Rees

I often receive emails from book stores, amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and online literary sites telling me how much I’d like the novels of Matt Beynon Rees. I’m delighted to see these emails, which are based on my other purchases and interests, as only I can truly know just how much the novels of Matt […]

25 April 2010 0 Comments

Scribe and Scholar enter world of Hamas

A New York Times correspondent teams up with a Belfast professor to write the story of Islamism among the Palestinians. JERUSALEM — Stephen Farrell was sipping coffee in the office of his money changer on Salah ud-Din Street, East Jerusalem’s main commercial strip, four years ago, when Beverley Milton-Edwards entered. From his rucksack, Farrell produced […]

9 February 2010 1 Comment

NY Times Jerusalem ethical dilemma

The Jerusalem Post has an article examining the emerging controversy surrounding New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner. His son is about to enter the Israeli army and a Times editor wrote a piece suggesting that this made it impossible for Bronner to continue in his post.