Waxing Roth

June 5th, 2006

On a much more pleasant note: This Wednesday (June 5) at 7:30 p.m., I'll be participating in a really cool event that involves books and Jews -- two groups with whom I have long been associated.

Jewish hipster Kevin Smokler, editor of Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times, has organized a quarterly gathering at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. The events are called "Lit Shtick," and here's how Kevin blurbs them:

What turns a discussion of a favorite Jewish book into entertainment that even non-readers will enjoy? Find out at Lit Shtick, featuring host Kevin Smokler, a celebrity guest and many other intriguing San Franciscans you'll want to meet. Lit Shtick is definitely not your ordinary book club!

Lit Shtick started off with a bang: their first guest, a few months ago, was "Lemony Snicket" author (and former JK Show interviewee) Daniel Handler. But evidently they were unable to secure any actual celebrities for this second session, so they invited me. The book I suggested we discuss is Henry Roth's 1930s immigrant novel Call It Sleep, a coming-of-age narrative written with astonishing insight and beauty.

And just as the ads in my hometown of New York used to proclaim that "You Don't Have To Be Jewish To Love Levy's" (Jewish rye bread), you don't have to have read the book to attend this event, for which admission is free. But you do have to reserve in advance. You can call the JCCSF box office at 415-292-1233 or send an email to arts@jccsf.org.

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  • 1. lauren  |  June 13th, 2006 at 1:40 am


    i saw you at the Mountain Goats show. John Vanderslice and I talked about your show. I love it, and i was not surprised to hear that he too watches.


  • 2. Josh Kornbluth  |  June 19th, 2006 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks, Lauren! I’m a huge Mountain Goats fan! And I thought Vanderslice did a great job that night on the vocals for “Your Belgian Things.”

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