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David Bezmozgis Turning ‘Natasha’ Into Film

June 4, 2014

This piece first appeared on The Arty Semite blog at the Forward.

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A decade after its publication, Canadian author David Bezmozgis is turning his debut short story collection, “Natasha and Other Stories,” into a film. As with “Victoria Day,” his first cinematic endeavor in 2009, Bezmozgis, a graduate of the University of Southern California’s film school, is both writing and directing the project.

The stories in the breakout “Natasha” chronicling the saga of the Bermans, a Russian-Jewish immigrant family to Toronto, were hailed by critics as “dazzling,” “scary good,” and “stunning.” The book was translated into 15 languages and won several prizes. Virtually unknown prior to the collection’s publication, the Riga-born Bezmozgis’s literary star rose with “Natasha.” His celebrated first novel, “The Free World,” was published in 2011, and will be followed this coming September by a second novel, “The Betrayers.”

The film version of “Natasha” will focus on the title story, which comes in the middle of the collection.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Author David Sax Explains Why We Are Crazy For Cupcakes

May 27, 2014

This article first appeared in The Times of Israel.

'The Tastemakers' author at David Sax at Magnolia Bakery, ground zero of the cupcake craze. (Credit: Christopher Farber)

‘The Tastemakers’ author at David Sax at Magnolia Bakery, ground zero of the cupcake craze. (Credit: Christopher Farber)

Some people eat to live. Others live to eat. And then there is food writer David Sax, who doesn’t fall neatly into either categories. He eschews the “foodie” label: His tastes run to the stories where food, business and culture blend.

Sax’s first book, “Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen,” savored smoked meat, matzah ball soup and chopped liver, but also served up a hefty portion of Jewish food history with a side of delicatessen economics.

For his new book, “The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy For Cupcakes But Fed Up With Fondue,” Sax employs the same basic ingredients, but applies them more universally, aiming to tickle the taste buds of a broader audience. Not everyone eats kugel and gefilte fish, but almost everyone has given their stomachs over in recent years to the celebrity chef, food truck and super foods trends.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

 

 

Safran Foer Edits Paper Cup Literature

May 20, 2014

This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Jonathan Safran Foer (photo credit: CC-BY-SA David Shankbone, Wikimedia Commons)

Jonathan Safran Foer (photo credit: CC-BY-SA David Shankbone, Wikimedia Commons)

Next time you dine at Chipotle Mexican Grill, you’ll get a complimentary side of literature since American-Jewish author Jonathan Safran Foer has gone from editing haggadot to… editing paper cups.

Foer, the editor of the New American Haggadah and author of “Everything is Illuminated” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” has partnered with the fast casual dining chain to publish interesting short pieces of literature on its paper cups and take-out bags.

Vanity Fair reports the notion to cover Chipotle’s disposables with text occurred to him as he was dining at one of the chain’s locations and was caught without any reading material. “I really just wanted to die with frustration,” he told the magazine.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.


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