At Klezkamp last December Wex was interviewed by Pauline Katz as part of the Wexler Oral History Project for the Yiddish Book Center. In this short clip he tells the story of how Esther Shumiatcher, a Yiddish poet from Calgary, funded her career through the sale of cowboy hats.
This category includes both interviews with Wex and interviews by Wex.
Back in February Wex was interviewed by Doris Epstein on Mensch Life about his new novel The Frumkiss Family Business. If you are reading this blog post in your email – please click on the link to see the video. Michael Wex appears on Mensch Life from Marilla Wex on Vimeo.
Recently Wex was interviewed by Emily Landau for the Arty Semite blog in The Forward. These are the results. Michael Wex is best known for his acerbic, authoritative books on Yiddish language and culture, but in this fall’s The Frumkiss Family Business he has turned his attention to fiction. The sprawling novel is a farcical […]
As I mentioned on Friday, Wex was interviewed by Bernie Bellan, editor of The Jewish Post and News, during his recent visit to the Winnipeg International Writers Festival. Here are some excerpts from that interview: Is writing novels of this type something that you’re going to be continuing to do or is this a one-shot […]
How to Be a Mentsh (and Not a Shmuck) comes out in paperback across North America next Tuesday. To mark this, Wex was interviewed by Dan Levin at Shalom Life about what it means to be a mentsh. “A mentsh is the kind of person you would call a stand up person,” he says. “Somebody […]
As I mentioned on Thursday, Wex was recently interviewed by Zoomer Magazine. Athena McKenzie-Parkin asks Michael five questions about his new novel The Frumkiss Family Business including where the original idea for the book came from, whether the main character Faktor is based on a real person and how Wex feels about being compared to […]
Random House, as part of their marketing for The Frumkiss Family Business, asked Wex twenty questions. These are the results. 1. How would you summarize your book in one sentence? A comic look at what it means to be a Jew–or anything else–today. 2. How long did it take you to write this book? Slightly […]
Here’s an interview Wex did following the publication of How to Be a Mentsh (and Not a Shmuck). In it he talks to Rebecca Brighton about how not to be a shmuck and how Yiddish language informs Jewish culture.
In December 2005 Wex appeared on the Today Show with Al Roker. Al starts by talking to regular Joes in the Carnegie Deli to find out how much Yiddish they know. He then interviews Wex about why he wrote Born to Kvetch. Wex explains how kvetching can be cathartic, the true meaning of kvetch, how […]
In November 2005 Wex appeared on Michael Feldman’s PBS radio show Whad’Ya Know? to talk about Yiddish and Born to Kvetch. It’s a really fun interview – the audience and Michael Feldman yuk it up as Wex talks about kvetching, the origins of Yiddish, speaking German that Germans can’t understand, Yiddish expressions for bullshit, jokes […]