Barbra Streisand

Author: Neal Gabler
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300220715
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Barbra Streisand has been called the “most successful...talented performer of her generation” by Vanity Fair, and her voice, said pianist Glenn Gould, is “one of the natural wonders of the age.” Streisand scaled the heights of entertainment—from a popular vocalist to a first-rank Broadway star in Funny Girl to an Oscar-winning actress to a producer and director. But she has also become a cultural icon who has transcended show business. To achieve her success, Brooklyn-born Streisand had to overcome tremendous odds, not the least of which was her Jewishness. Dismissed, insulted, even reviled when she embarked on a show business career for acting too Jewish and looking too Jewish, she brilliantly converted her Jewishness into a metaphor for outsiderness that would eventually make her the avenger for anyone who felt marginalized and powerless. Neal Gabler examines Streisand’s life and career through this prism of otherness—a Jew in a gentile world, a self-proclaimed homely girl in a world of glamour, a kooky girl in a world of convention—and shows how central it was to Streisand’s triumph as one of the voices of her age.

Die Menschheit hat den Verstand verloren

Author: Astrid Lindgren
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
ISBN: 3843711755
Format: PDF
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Ein einzigartiges Zeitdokument von Astrid Lindgren „Wie ist es möglich, dass die Menschheit solche Qualen erleiden muss, und warum gibt es Krieg?“ Astrid Lindgren hat unsere Kindheit geprägt. Mit Pippi Langstrumpf und Wir Kinder aus Bullerbü hat sie unseren Blick auf die Welt verändert. Ihre Geschichten handeln von Mut, Hoffnung, Liebe und Widerstand. Lange bevor diese Bücher entstanden, schrieb sie ihre Gedanken über das dunkelste Kapitel des 20. Jahrhunderts nieder: den Zweiten Weltkrieg. In ihren Tagebüchern schildert sie, wie Europa von Faschismus, Rassismus und Gewalt vergiftet wird. Nachdenklich und betroffen, aber auch mit dem so unverwechselbaren Tonfall stellt Astrid Lindgren in ihren Tagebüchern wichtige Fragen, die heute wieder von erschreckender Aktualität sind: Was ist gut und was ist böse? Was tun, wenn Fremdenfeindlichkeit und Rassismus das Denken und Handeln der Menschen bestimmen? Wie kann jeder Einzelne von uns Stellung beziehen? Neben dem Kriegsgeschehen erzählt sie von ihrem Familienleben und den ersten Schreibversuchen: 1944 schenkt sie ihrer Tochter das Manuskript von Pippi Langstrumpf zum Geburtstag. Das persönliche Zeitdokument einer sehr klugen Frau, die schon immer den Blick für das große Ganze hatte.

Franz Kafka

Author: Saul Friedländer
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 3406663265
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Franz Kafka, der wohl enigmatischste Schriftsteller des 20. Jahrhunderts, begegnet in diesem Buch dem sanften, aufmerksamen, kritischen Blick eines Autors von Weltrang. Saul Friedländer, selbst in Prag geboren und ein Leben lang Kafka-Leser, betrachtet ihn mit jener zärtlichen Unbestechlichkeit, die auch die unnachahmliche Meisterschaft seiner Geschichte des Holocaust ausmacht. Friedländers Auge sieht manches, was selbst Jahrzehnte der Kafka-Forschung nicht wahrgenommen haben. Mit einer wundervollen Sprache und genauer Kenntnis der Werke, mit feinem Humor und genauer Beobachtungsgabe portraitiert Saul Friedländer Franz Kafka als Dichter der Scham und der Schuld. Er geht seinem Leben nach, befragt sein Judentum, analysiert die einzigartige Ironie Kafkas und geht auch den verschlungenen Seelenlagen nach, die tiefe Spuren im Werk hinterlassen haben. Eine Einführung in die Welt Kafkas von bezwingender Eleganz und Anmut.

Gay Icons

Author: Georges-Claude Guilbert
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476674337
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Who are the most significant gay icons and how did they develop? What influence do they have on gay individuals and communities? This book focuses on the superstars, femmes fatales and divas of the gay celebrity pantheon--May West, Julie Andrews, Britney Spears, RuPaul, Cher, Divine, Sharon Needles and many others--and their contributions to gay culture and the complications of sexual and gender identity. The author explores their allure along with the mechanisms of iconicity.

Cultures and Contexts of Jewish Education

Author: Barry Chazan
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319515861
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This book examines the history of Jewish education from the Biblical period to the present. It traces how Jews have formally and informally transmitted their culture and worldview over the years, with particular attention to the shift from premodernity to modernity and to the unique opportunities and challenges of contemporary American Jewish education. Its authors combine historical background and insight with educational expertise to provide a robust portrait of the cultures and contexts of Jewish education and address possibilities for the future.

American Jewish Year Book 2016

Author: Arnold Dashefsky
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319461222
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The American Jewish Year Book, now in its 116th year, is the annual record of the North American Jewish communities and provides insight into their major trends. Part I presents a forum on the Pew Survey, “A Portrait of American Orthodox Jews.” Part II begins with Chapter 13, "The Jewish Family." Chapter 14 examines “American Jews and the International Arena (April 1, 2015 – April 15, 2016), which focuses on US–Israel Relations. Chapters 15-17 analyze the demography and geography of the US, Canadian, and world Jewish populations. In Part III, Chapter 18 provides lists of Jewish institutions, including federations, community centers, social service agencies, national organizations, synagogues, Hillels, day schools, camps, museums, and Israeli consulates. In the final chapters, Chapter 19 presents national and local Jewish periodicals and broadcast media; Chapter 20 provides academic resources, including Jewish Studies programs, books, articles, websites, and research libraries; and Chapter 21 presents lists of major events in the past year, Jewish honorees, and obituaries. An invaluable record of Jewish life, the American Jewish Year Book illuminates contemporary issues with insight and breadth. It is a window into a complex and ever-changing world. Deborah Dash Moore, Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History and Judaic Studies, and Director Emerita of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan A century from now and more, the stately volumes of the American Jewish Year Book will stand as the authoritative record of Jewish life since 1900. For anyone interested in tracing the long-term evolution of Jewish social, political, religious, and cultural trends from an objective yet passionately Jewish perspective, there simply is no substitute. Lawrence Grossman, American Jewish Year Book Editor (1999-2008) and Contributor (1988-2015)

An Empire of Their Own

Author: Neal Gabler
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307773715
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A provocative, original, and richly entertaining group biography of the Jewish immigrants who were the moving forces behind the creation of America's motion picture industry. The names Harry Cohn, William Fox, Carl Laemmle, Louis B. Mayer, Jack and Harry Warner, and Adolph Zucker are giants in the history of contemporary Hollywood, outsiders who dared to invent their own vision of the American Dream. Even to this day, the American values defined largely by the movies of these émigrés endure in American cinema and culture. Who these men were, how they came to dominate Hollywood, and what they gained and lost in the process is the exhilarating story of An Empire of Their Own.

Walt Disney

Author: Neal Gabler
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307265968
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The definitive portrait of one of the most important cultural figures in American history: Walt Disney. Walt Disney was a true visionary whose desire for escape, iron determination and obsessive perfectionism transformed animation from a novelty to an art form, first with Mickey Mouse and then with his feature films–most notably Snow White, Fantasia, and Bambi. In his superb biography, Neal Gabler shows us how, over the course of two decades, Disney revolutionized the entertainment industry. In a way that was unprecedented and later widely imitated, he built a synergistic empire that combined film, television, theme parks, music, book publishing, and merchandise. Walt Disney is a revelation of both the work and the man–of both the remarkable accomplishment and the hidden life. Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography USA Today Biography of the Year

Life The Movie

Author: Neal Gabler
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307773256
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The story of how our bottomless appetite for novelty, gossip, and melodrama has turned everything—news, politics, religion, high culture—into one vast public entertainment. Neal Gabler calls them "lifies," those blockbusters written in the medium of life that dominate the media and the national conversation for weeks, months, even years: the death of Princess Diana, the trial of O.J. Simpson, Kenneth Starr vs. William Jefferson Clinton. Real Life as Entertainment is hardly a new phenomenon, but the movies, and now the new information technologies, have so accelerated it that it is now the reigning popular art form. How this came to pass, and just what it means for our culture and our personal lives, is the subject of this witty, concerned, and sometimes eye-opening book. "A thoughtful, in places chilling, account of the way entertainment values have hollowed out American life." --The New York Times Book Review