• Booknik on Mar 21–27: Carnivals, Translations, Radio, Trolls, Couscous and Mohnlach

    Сегодня / Booknik Highlights Sholem Golem 28 марта 2011

    Last week, Booknik read David Bergelson and Sayed Kashua; he looked for Jewish motives in the poetry of Oberiuts (and found them), talked to the translator Roee Chen, historian Nicolas Werth, and radio personality Natella Boltyanskaya; he remembered Purim carnivals in Israel, and the Yiddish Fest 2011, listened to the presentations on pseudo Judaics, hunted trolls, read about food, learned T-words, and cooked couscous. Booknik Jr. anticipated choosing the best carnival costume, cooked mohnlach, commiserated with Vera Inber, asked questions, and went to the Korney Chukovsky Museum.

  • Booknik on Mar 14–20: Purim, Meir Shalev, James Herriot, Looking for a Tail, and a Retired Badger

    Сегодня / Booknik Highlights Sholem Golem 21 марта 2011

    Last week, Booknik read a new novel by Meir Shalev, an old book by James Herriot, and a monograph on Subbotniks; he looked forward to Purim merriment (and had it), wrote letters to his great-grandchildren, attended an art show of Jonathan Kis-Lev, and festivals of Australian and Irish cinema, mingled with his Israeli relatives, learned more S-words, and cooked a tuna fish, and mashed potatoes. Meanwhile, Booknik Jr. anticipated, and celebrated Purim, read a book about a retired badger, bought souvenirs, looked for a tail, made muffins, and survived a history with geography.

  • Тринадцатый

    Сегодня / Репортажи Мила Дубровина 17 марта 2011

    1 апреля выйдет новый Booknik Reader. Серьезно.

  • Разговоры о Леонарде Коэне

    14 марта 2011

    Leonard Cohen Comment-Party

  • Booknik on Mar 7–13: Women, Samsons, Romans and Brits, Slow Reading, How to Become a Clown, and the Hard Life of Those Who Have Siblings

    Сегодня / Booknik Highlights Sholem Golem 14 марта 2011

    Last week, Booknik discussed women, read a collection of selected materials on Polish Jews, and a book on the Orbinauts, talked about one Jewish family, remembered all kinds of Samsons, slowly read the book of Esther, and then discussed slow reading; he also watched The Eagle, learned more S-words, and cooked something with halvah and something steamed. Meanwhile, Booknik Jr. walked in Neot-Kedumim, planned to become a clown, took pictures of orchids, and discussed the hard life of children who have brothers or sisters.

  • Booknik on Feb 28–Mar 6: Ethics More Than Ethnicity, a Willy-Nilly Poet, Travels Along the Amazon, Boxing, Garden Gnomes, and Awkward Questions

    Сегодня / Booknik Highlights Sholem Golem 7 марта 2011

    Last week, Booknik read Lyudmila Ulitskaya, a corporate collection of philosophical comments, and a defense of Israel; he also attended the seminar on an anti-philosopher, a secret philosopher, and a willy-nilly poet, admired Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley, traveled along the Amazon, went to a house museum, looked for a woman (actually, more than one), learned more S-words, saved himself with the help of a bookplate, asked his parents some awkward questions, and then he cooked Beef Wellington. Meanwhile, Booknik Jr. empathized with two great love stories, thought about how to start, learned to behave in a synagogue, and made a present for his mom.

  • Booknik on Feb 21–27: The Book Fair, Books, and the Fair— Nah, That’s Not Right: the Book Fair, Baal Shem Tov, Family Opera, Jeremiah, Talking with the Bookcase, and Traveling in the Middle Earth

    Сегодня / Booknik Highlights Sholem Golem 28 февраля 2011

    To tell you the truth, last week, Booknik mostly attended the 25th Jerusalem International Book Fair. There, he mostly studied the state of the Russian literature in Israel, talked to different people, and listened to different authors. Apart from that, he read the novel by Yoram Kaniuk, the treatise on capitalism and the Jews, articles on the Jews in Frankfurt, and the book by Agnon on Baal Shem Tov; he also sang in the family opera, listened to Norbert Glanzberg, watched Jeremiah, danced at the wedding with an outsider, celebrated the decade of the Hebrew Wikipedia, and the Lithuanian independence, and after that, he cooked the trout carpaccio. In the meantime, Booknik Jr. talked about literature with a bookcase, had lots of arguments, put in commas, lured the spring, asked many questions about dads, and traveled in the Middle Earth.

  • Booknik on Feb 14–20: True Grit, the First Woman Rabbi, Water Towers, Peace on Earth, and a Hybrid of an Apron and a Table

    Сегодня / Booknik Highlights Sholem Golem 21 февраля 2011

    Last week, Booknik read True Grit by Charles Portis, and later watched the book’s screen version by the Coen Brothers; later, he read a desperate story of the teenager’s coming of age near Moscow, and crime stories that outwitted their author; then, he remembered the first woman rabbi, noticed beautiful things in the world around him, marveled at water towers, tried to make sense of complicated relations in prominent Israeli families, almost drowned in a swamp, learned more S-words, made cynical remarks in deep freeze, traveled to North Africa, and then, he cooked some Norwegian soup a la Middle East, and Moroccan desserts. Meanwhile, Booknik Jr. looked forward to various holidays, worried about an envoy, fought for the peace on the Earth, made a hybrid of an apron and a table, attended theater, went on an excursion, and after that, he learned to resolve conflicts in an American school.

  • Booknik on Feb 7–13: Aging Cops, Childfree, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Teaching Literature, and the Cat That Observed Kashrut

    Сегодня / Booknik Highlights Sholem Golem 14 февраля 2011

    Last week, Booknik read books about an elderly female cop, people who do not want to have kids, the first years of the soviet regime, and complicated relations between Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens; he also talked with Alexander Zeldovich about cinema, spoke with Raisa Kirsanova about costumes, and interviewed Lev Sobolev about teaching literature; apart from this, he watched Target, and other post-soviet movies, remembered Vladimir Kunin, admired Camille Pissarro, watched a cat observing kashrut, visited Odessa, learned S-words, and right attitudes towards grades, and cooked SKHUG. Booknik Jr. learned many new things about defending women’s rights, and the Lamed Vav Tzadikim; after that, he ate some dessert.

  • Booknik on Jan 31 — Feb 6: Tomatoes, Car Owners, Extravagant Friends, the King’s Speech, and Jerusalem One Hundred Years Later

    Сегодня / Booknik Highlights Sholem Golem 7 февраля 2011

    Last week, Booknik compared car owners and tomato experts (preferring the latter), followed the adventures of one Israel’s extravagant friend, read Yiddish conference materials, attended the art show of the photographer Saul Leiter, asked various people questions about J.D. Salinger, methods of reading, and poetry for kids and grown-ups, imagined Jerusalem one hundred years later, watched King George VI learning to speak, visited the most carefree Israeli settlement, celebrated the Eshkol Project’s birthday, listened to the Kharkov Klezmer Band, learned some S-words, and learned how to cook the Druze roadside fast food. In the meantime, Booknik Jr. continued with his contest of fancy dresses, read about Ilya Ehrenburg, checked out how they speak Hebrew, felt for teenagers, created a heart, and learned to compose fairy tales.