Slow Fire: Jewish Notes from Berlin

Slow Fire: Jewish Notes from Berlin by Susan Neiman 1610270312 9781610270311
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Berlin--"East" and "West," day and of course night--throughout the 80s before the Wall came down. In the eyes of an American philosophy student. And Jewish, which makes for moments at once awkward, poignant, resonant, unspoken, crass, funny, and always lurking. Most of all, Susan Neiman can write, as borne out again by her books to follow this debut. Here, we live the Reagan years with her--when a city was divided, America the occupier, and the cigarettes not named "Salem" because it sounds too Jewish. Peter Becker folded an easel in the corner to make a table. He brought cold cuts and bread and asked me what I thought of his paintings. Later I would learn that people here always ask you what you think of their paintings, and that its wrong just to say you find them interesting, but perfectly alright to say you find them awful. . . . You come from a Jewish family, dont you?" asked Becker. "Yes," I said. "It doesnt matter," said the other painter. Doesnt matter? To whom?

Author: Susan Neiman

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 222

Publisher: Quid Pro, LLC

Publication Date: 2010-09-01


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