Send your least favorite senator or congressperson a signed copy of How To Be a Mentsh (and Not a Shmuck), with or without your compliments. All you have to do is click on the Paypal button and send us a name. There’s no limit to the number of copies that a senator or congressperson can […]
Since Alice Munro was named as the Nobel Prize winner for Literature today it seems like a good time to repost this piece I wrote for the Huffington Post about when she turned down the Giller Prize. Enjoy. “How do you make a writer kvetch?” It’s a riddle that’s been going around for years. I first […]
Today marks the first, and probably the last, time that a movie in which I appear has been named Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival. When Jews Were Funny is about director Alan Zweig’s attempt to figure out why comedy seems so much more goyish today than it did in 50s, […]
From Mrs. Wex: When Arvind Mahankali won the Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word “knaidel”, the celebration I had anticipated never materialized. I envisaged universal excitement at the fact that a Yiddish word was partly responsible for earning a kid $30,000. Instead my Facebook feed was filled with angry Yiddishists arguing about […]
This Wednesday, May 29 at 3 p.m. I’ll be answering questions about Yiddish language and culture on Reddit. com All you need do is go to Reddit.com and type Veksl in the search box. Hope to see you there.
Last week Wex was interviewed by Tamara Kramer for the Shtetl on the Shortwave show in Montreal about why the Joseph Opatoshu novel “In the Forests of Poland” is worth translating and preserving for future generations to enjoy. To listen to the fifteen minute interview please press the “play” button on the player below: To […]
If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably well aware that I’m running an Indiegogo campaign to try to fund a translation of Joseph Opatoshu’s classic Yiddish novel, In Poylishe Velder. Crowdfunding of this sort can generate a peculiar relationship between the person seeking money and the people asked to give it; while I’ve received a […]