I’m reading Olga Tokarczuk’s epic, The Books of Jacob, set in the 1700s in an area that’s now mostly Poland and Ukraine. The borders are ever-shifting, but unlike now, in that pre-industrial time, animals are ever-present in daily life. Actual animals and ones made by art to stand in for either people or their ideas andContinue reading “Animal”

Israel Travelogue (2008)

December 25-26th The first leg of the flight, terminating in Madrid, Spain, is uneventful. Three of its eight hours are killed by two dreadful Hollywood offerings: The Rocker starring Rainn Wilson as a middle-aged loser who lives out his dream by playing in his nephew’s rock band, followed by The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, in whichContinue reading “Israel Travelogue (2008)”