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Noah Millman
A few well-chosen posts 'gainst all the hosts of Midian
Created 06 Mar 2021
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  • Maculate Conception
    04 Oct 2021 • 10 min read
    0 through 9, by Jasper Johns I’ve been meaning to write about the Jasper Johns show at the Whitney Museum of American Art since I saw it last Sunday. But I just wasn’t able to find the time all week. ...
  • Tishrei Wrap
    04 Oct 2021 • 7 min read
    Solomon Hart, The Feast of the Rejoicing of the Law at the Synagogue in Leghorn, Italy Tishrei, the Jewish month of holidays, is finally over, and they ended on a wonderful note, with a Simchat Torah ...
  • Quick Thoughts on the German Election
    27 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 5 2
    The top-line stories about yesterday’s German election are about the decline of the CDU/CSU (which won a lower percentage of the vote than ever in postwar history) and the increased fragmentation of t...
  • To Wrap Or Not To Wrap
    27 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    No column at The Week this week, and today has been a busy one, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet. The Folio of This World That’s the title of the book about Shakespeare and the Hebrew Bible t...
  • The Merry Wives of Le Petite Senegal
    26 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    Jacob Ming-Trent as Falstaff and Jennifer Mogbock as Madam Ford in the Public Theater’s production of The Merry Wives of Windsor The Merry Wives of Windsor is not one of my favorite Shakespeare plays....
  • We Hold These Truths To Be Subject To Revision
    24 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 6 4
    Jefferson’s redacted bible; Photo: Hugh Talman, Courtesy of the Smithsonian Museum I remember vividly the time I sat down to try to read my son The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I don’t recall what prompt...
  • Tabarnak! It's Almost Sukkot
    20 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 1 0
    An engraving of a sukkah by Paul Christian Kirchner, published in 1717 Feels like there’s been a lot of Jewish material around here lately, doesn’t it? Well, that’s mostly just the season. Tishrei is ...
  • Brighton Beach Wrap
    20 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 3 0
    Harvest moon (well, one day shy thereof) over Brighton Beach Before I get to the weekly wrap, a little anecdote about today. I spent this afternoon in Brighton Beach, first at the beach, followed by d...
  • Kol Nidrei Greatest Hits
    15 Sep 2021 • 10 min read • 2 4
    I had intended to write something for Yom Kippur, which starts tonight, but as with my end-of-Elul-wrap and my combined-Rosh-Hashanah-and-9/11-wrap (by the way, apologies for the cut-and-paste error o...
  • Break the Blob's Bad Habits
    15 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 6 0
    Bob Woodward apparently has another book out, and in the way of these things his biggest “scoops” are being leaked to the press as a way of drumming up interest. Front of the queue: purportedly, Gener...
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