Booknik on December 10–16

Last week, Booknik promoted actions against AIDS, mused about his place in history, and literature’s place in his own life; he also pretended to be sick, and underwent the pacing. Moreover, he realized that the mathematics was not his forte, and took up cooking and American football instead; he thought about enrolling in the university but thought again, and went to the kindergarten. Meanwhile, Booknik Jr. raised a baby thrush, and decided to be a clown when he would be old enough.

Every New Day
The Fry Chronicles, by Stephen Fry
The second book of Stephen Fry’s autobiography is, in fact, his conversation with himself. Was I right? Did I do good? Could I have lived my life differently? Would I want it? His arrogance masks his shyness, his workaholism compensates his fear of worthlessness, and his loneliness precludes the danger of being abandoned. Could all of us be like this? — Booknik’s literary critic Dina Suvorova asks.

All the Rest is Literature
A whole decade has passed since the beginning of the new century but what does a decade mean in history? Like, what happened in the world between 1400 and 1410? A little over a dozen of significant dates, and a bunch of names. However, the history that unfurls before our very eyes is important in every single day, and the period of several years may become an epoch in itself. We are the heroes of this era. This means that books by Kirill Kobrin and Dmitry Bavilsky published by the NLO Publishers are about us. They are also about the place of literature in our lives. Are letters and words as important now as they were a hundred and two hundred years ago?

…and many other significant signs in the Books & Reviews section.


Natalia Basovskaya: Managers Need Pharaohs Too
Booknik’s intellectual reporter Alexey Yudin had a conversation with the historian and radio presenter Prof. Natalia Basovskaya about the fate of the humanities education, the duty of an intellectual before the society, and the state’s duty before an intellectual.

…and many other durable duties in the Articles & Interviews section.


In the Hospital of All Afflicted
In the mid-1880s, the German Christian pilgrims were shocked by the sight of lepers in front of the Zion Gates, and along the Cedron River. Due to their shock, the Jesus Hilfe Hospital was founded in Jerusalem. These days, it hosts something of a museum of history and daily life of Jerusalem hospitals of the past. Our Jerusalem reporters Gali-Dana Singer and Nekod Singer went there, and produced their photo feature, let both of them be healthy in the days to come.

…and many other healthy heels in the Events & Reports section.


Set. Hut!
Friday Night Lights, created by Peter Berg
This is the series for the audience of 14+, the story of the small town football players, their friends, family, and coaching staff, taking place in the imaginary town of Dillon in very real Texas. The main characters are the coach Eric Taylor, his family, players, their girlfriends, and schoolmates. The illusion of this being a sports series continues for rather a long time. Booknik’s intercultural relations specialist Masha Tuuborg has now not only made sense of the American football rules but she can distinguish between a quarterback and a running back.

We Are the Salt of the Earth, We Are the Ornament of the World. The Memoir of Vladimir Mazya, Part 2
The concluding installment of the famous mathematician’s memoir will tell us about how difficult it was to go to soviet schools, how easy it was to study at the mechanical and mathematical department, and what a “Russian hour” was.

A Wild Goose in a Cast-Iron Pot
Booknik’s culinary expert Keren Pevzner followed the lead of Booknik’s music observer Mark Freydkin, and struck against plagiarism. Not in soviet songs, though, but in Israeli cuisine. Now it turns out, the idea of cooking in cast-iron poyke pots was appropriated by the Israelis from Dutch colonists of South Africa.

Alice through the Looking-Glass, or How I went to an Israeli Kindergarten
Our deep-rooted Israeli columnist Elisha Zinde continues describing his kibbutz life. This time, Booknik readers will learn that both kids and their parents are not very fond of going to kindergartens.

…and many other preferential prefixes in the Columns & Columns section.


You Have It Like This, We Have It Like That
Booknik’s new columnist Marta Ketro, the popular blogger and author from Moscow, decided to think out loud about citizens’ relations with the state in Israel and Russia. It is a very hot topic now indeed.

…and many other topical toppings in the Stories & Essays section.


Don’t Grudge the Brew Lite 98: Chicken Salad with Lemon
Today, we are going to eat chicken with our inimitable chef Roman Gershuni. Are you driving today? We hope you are not. Then, bon appetite!

Perpetuum Schmobile 25: Paul Zoll and Cardiac Defibrillation
The American cardiologist Paul Zoll found out that electricity could save human lives. The charges of direct current shake one’s heart, and make it start beating again. Zoll became an ideologist and the first promoter of “electric medicine” one cannot imagine the modern emergency reanimation without. Booknik’s video whiz Kirill Chichayev hopes you shall never need his invention though.

…and many other careful caresses in the Video Blog section.


How Wings Grow
Frau Meier, die Amsel, by Wolf Erlbruch
The world of this wonderful children’s book character consists of reasons for worrying. Will the sun come out tomorrow? Will an airplane fall on her radishes bed? Why does Herr Meier’s hair stick out in such conspicuous manner? How one could stop worrying and start living one’s life in full? Not only Dale Carnegie knows the answer but your own book lover Marina Bagayeva.

A Clown on Stage and in Life
This year, Booknik invited Israeli clown Fyodor Makarov to perform at the non/fiction book fair. His program was principally meant for grown-ups, and just a little bit for kids, yet it turned out to be quite the opposite. Watch our video and see for yourselves.

…and many other fun funnels at Booknik Jr., also known as Family Booknik, our own web site for kids and their parents.


What ho, what ho, what ho? Booknik and Family Booknik are supported by the AVI CHAI Foundation.









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