Books

Catskills Photographer Uncovers Forgotten World of Borscht Belt

  (AMHERST, Mass.) – Photographer Marisa Scheinfeld will speak about her years-long project documenting the ruins of the once vital resorts in the Catskill Mountains and sign copies of her new book, “The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland” (Cornell University Press) at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass., on Sunday, April…

(Book Review) “My Life as an Animal” by Laurie Stone

by Seth Rogovoy “My Life as an Animal” (Triquarterly Books) by Laurie Stone features a series of interconnected and comic stories that blur the lines between memoir, fiction, and cultural criticism. Through the book’s impressionistic style, it builds a narrative via seemingly unrelated anecdotes and observations. Its tantalizing challenge to readers is that what is…

(Book Review) Eleanor Reissa’s Voice Fully Realized in Her Plays

by Seth Rogovoy Perhaps best known as a singer, actress, and theater director, “The Last Survivor and Other Modern Jewish Plays” makes the case that Eleanor Reissa’s playwriting is perhaps her strongest mode of expression. These six plays are rich and full of life’s learned lessons. While forged out of the horrors of the Holocaust…

New Book Lays Down the 411 on Food Trucks

by Seth Rogovoy (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Food trucks are all the rage these days, springing up everywhere in cities and towns across the country – everywhere, that is, except where local authorities, often prodded by restaurateurs who view them as unfair competition, prohibit them. But even there, the tide is turning in favor of these…

A Poetic Pas de Deux from Taylor Mali and Marie-Elizabeth Mali

Taylor Mali (photo by Seth Rogovoy)

TRIPLEX CINEMA/NEW STAGE Taylor Mali Open Heart Perjury Thursday, July 14, 2011 by Seth Rogovoy (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – At one point during his terrific, aptly titled one-man show, Open Heart Perjury, at the Triplex Cinema, spoken-word artist Taylor Mali riffed on the fact that a namesake of his in the Berkshires performs an annual…