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Wex on MENSCHlife

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.

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Michael Wex on the Jewish Comic Novel

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 […]

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Interview with The Jewish Post and News

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 […]

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Zoomer Magazine interviews Wex about Frumkiss

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 […]

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20 writerly questions for Michael Wex

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 […]

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Wex on the Today Show

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 […]

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Whad’Ya Know?

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 […]

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