Up-and-coming author Lara Vapnyar shares selections from her writing that are amusing, poignant, and wonderfully evocative of the Russian-Jewish-American corner of Brooklyn she once called home. From the elderly Russian babushkas who stagger dramatically around New York to the single immigrants looking for love in English language classes, her characters come to life in this interview by PJC Director Jacques Berlinerblau. Lara Vapnyar emigrated from Russia to New York in 1994 and began publishing short stories in English in 2002. [...]
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Way back in January of 2010, the writer David Bezmozgis visited Georgetown University for a public discussion of his fiction and cinema. Our conversation covered an awful lot of ground ranging from muscular Jewish men, to sin, to the novelist Gary Shteyngart, to the differences between literature and movie directing–and a whole lot more. Printer-friendly downloadable transcript (.pdf) They should know I don’t put a Jew who comes to the synagogue in the street. Homosexuals, murderers, liars, and thieves—I take [...]