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In our submissions guidelines we say to reviewers that our goal is not to learn about the book (or movie, dance, play, etc.) being reviewed, but for the reviewer to use the book as a pretext to teach us something about the nature of reality as understood by the reviewer and perhaps stimulated by the book. A tall order. See how we are doing:

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Picture This
by Roslyn Bernstein
The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film The Jewish Museum, New York September 25, 2015–February 7, 2016 National Tour: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN; and Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands Review by Roslyn Bernstein …
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Across the Border
by Paul Buhle
Ruins Peter Kuper SelfMadeHero Books, 2015. The artist most well known for his Mad Magazine “Spy vs. Spy” pages has had quite a career, artistic and political. Much of it began when he abandoned his hometown Cleveland, back in 1977, …
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From the Ruins of Europe: Lyacos’s Debt-Riddled Greece
by Joseph Labernik
If the postmodernists celebrated a departure from objective truths, Lyacos offers a vision of subjective return. Though his view is more pragmatic than ideal, Lyacos argues for a new interpretation of God, the Bible, and their roles in contemporary society.
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In Search of the Thing-Itself
by Michael LaPointe
The Complete Stories Clarice Lispector Translated from the Portuguese by Katrina Dodson Edited and introduced by Benjamin Moser New Directions, 2015 “I have found one contemporary I like,” Elizabeth Bishop wrote from Rio de Janeiro. “She has a wonderful name—Clarice …
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Jacob Chose Hospice: A Critique of Invasive End-of-Life Care
by Martha Sonnenberg
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande Metropolitan Books, 2014 What does the Torah have to say about end-of-life care? Its most striking story on this topic appears in the last four chapters of Genesis, …
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What Can Replace Prison?
by Al Hunter
Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison by Nell Bernstein The New Press, 2014 Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better by Maya Schenwar Berrett-Koehler, 2014 If you have the capacity …
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A Scientific View of God
by Rami Shapiro
A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet by Nancy Abrams Beacon Press, 2015 Nancy Abrams needed a higher power. As one of the premiere science writers of our time, she found both the …
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A Philosopher, a Poet, or a Prophet?
by Dror Bondi
How would Heschel himself expect us to understand him—as a poet, as a philosopher, or as a prophet?
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Aluna: A Message to Little Brother
by Charles Eisenstein
The Kogi say we are close to the dying of the world. Their faces, writ with quiet courage, sober indignation, and a long, patient wisdom, defy easy dismissal.
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The Alliance of Black and Jewish Activists: Outdated Fantasy or Model for the Future?
by Kathleen Peratis
It would be easier if there were not so many choices on the menu of American Jewish identity. Pogrebin serves up a rich meal and no easy answers.
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