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Are We Born to Wander?

Wednesday, October 07, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Last night the Jewish Book Council attended a wonderful event, thrown by Reboot, called People of the Book: Are We Born to Wander?

The event featured a conversation between A.J. Jacobs, Mark Lamster, Charles London, and David Sax. The event was moderated by the editor-in-chief of Tablet Magazine, Alana Newhouse.

Jacobs, Master, London, and Sax discussed whether or not the Jewish people are innately drawn to wander because they are Jewish and what it is about wandering that feels so Jewish.


Mark Lamster, A.J. Jacobs, Alana Newhouse, David Sax, and Charles London

London discussed his work, and the experience of wandering the world in search of pockets of Jewish communities. Sax discussed the experience of wandering the U.S. in search of Jewish delis. Jacobs discussed the wandering of his mind from one experiment to the next, and the obsessiveness in his projects being a Jewish quality. Lamster questioned why he, as a Jewish man, felt the need to wander into the lives of 17th century Christian men.

To learn more about the wandering of these four authors, be sure to check out each of their books:

A.J. Jacobs: The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment

Mark Lamster: Master of Shadows: The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens

Charles London: Far from Zion: In Search of a Global Jewish Community

David Sax: Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen

Alana Newhouse: A Living Lens: Photographs of Jewish Life from the Pages of the Forward