Wednesday, November 21, 2007

MAGNES on nextbook

Portrait of a Lost Town

Through words and images, Mayer Kirshenblatt brings to life the Polish town he left in 1934


Mayer Kirshenblatt was an excitable kid. In the predominantly Jewish village of Apt in Poland where he was born in 1916, he was called Mayer tamez, or Mayer July, as July was the hottest month, the time of year that made everyone crazy. Other local characters included Zalman goy, who was as Jewish as the next Zalman; Yosele kliske (Yosl the Little Square Noodle) and Yankele kekl (Yankl the Little Penis)...

To learn more about Yankele kekl or "Yankl the Little Penis" and other stories that transcend the usual Chelm here.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Monday, November 05, 2007

So Say Max Anderson...

Hire who's best at raising money, not running shops

The challenges facing art museums demand innovative solutions to chronic underfunding, careful management of new energy-draining expansions, nimble relations with myriad stakeholders outside the museum, and skill in getting the best out of staff.


DH: Well, I came into an art world of volunteers—six thousand heavily medicated, mysteriously employed human beings who were there because they wanted to be, you know? And all they wanted was to be right—not safe, not rich, not fair, but right! Now we have this vast bureaucratic structure of support. Everybody’s a poll watcher. Nobody’s a voter. We’ve got millions of people devoted to the whole idea that art’s supposed to be fair and good for you. But art’s not too fair, you know?

to view more, please click here... here, I mean.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Trying Too Hard, or Hardly Trying To, Yet...

consigliere -- konsiʎ'ʎɛːɾe

Here I is, dressed like Sonny and reminding myself that trying too hard's not a good thing. There is a time for action.

BA-de-bip. BA-de-BANG. It's time to rock & roll. O.K.? It's time to be the wartime consigliere. Like Michael Corleone say "things are going to get rough..."

Friday, November 02, 2007

My dear, dear brother George

O.K., I mean...

One more thing?!...C'mon -- I mean, jeez.

Saturday, November 3, 2007; Page B02


Council Member Hospitalized After Hitting Deer

"Montgomery County Council member George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) is recovering from injuries incurred late Thursday in a one-car accident on the Capital Beltway, County Council spokesman Neil Greenberger said yesterday...Leventhal was able to guide his car onto the shoulder near the Connecticut Avenue exit, avoiding other cars despite congested road conditions. He was taken by ambulance to Suburban Hospital, where he remained yesterday while his injuries were evaluated. Leventhal did not appear to have any internal injuries, Greenberger added."

Here the author blogged about the incident and several folks have posted notes of support as comments. It's pretty sweet and amazing to see how many folks out there know and love my brother.

Be well.