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 [...]
A gift as unique as you are: great literature preserved in her honour. A line, a paragraph, an entire chapter. And what mother wouldn’t want a t-shirt with a Yiddish writer on it? Click here for the campaign.
If you speak Yiddish, or even if you don’t, you can hear me talking to Mark David about Opatoshu and the Indiegogo campaign on his popular Yiddish radio show, Yiddish Web, tonight, May 8, between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. EDT. Just click the link and press “listen live” once you get there. http://www.yiddishvoice.com
My Indiegogo campaign to translate Joseph Opatoshu’s novel, “In The Forests of Poland” just went live. If you love literature, if you care about Judaism, if you care about Yiddish, if you care about transmitting the past to the future, please take a look and consider donating: See full details of the campaign here.