M. Pinsky-Appelbaum is a PhD student in Rhetoric at the University of San Federico. Raised in Finklesburg, North Carolina, Pinsky-Appelbaum’s work has been published in The Lion, The Tiger (Daily), The Bear, OHMY: A Post-Literary Reckoning, and Jewpage.edu. Pinsky-Appelbaum is a member of Der Geylem Kolektiv, a digital anarchist collective founded after the initial reports of the Golem’s having recently resurfaced in America. (M. Pinsky-Appelbaum is also a fictional character invented by author and poet Moriel Rothman-Zecher, as part of the series, What We Talk About When We Talk About the Golem.)
The M. Pinsky-Appelbaum fictional character and associated content are companion literary responses to Julie Weitz’s Golem V. Golem, produced by Asylum Arts for Dwelling in a Time of Plagues, made possible with the generous support of CANVAS. In 2017, in response to the Charlottesville protests, Artist Julie Weitz created her performative project My Golem, which centers on her embodiment of the mythical creature drawn from Jewish folklore. A futuristic highly-stylized figure covered with white mud, she was brought to life to respond to contemporary challenges including climate catastrophe, white supremacy, antisemitism and xenophobia.
The project is presented at the Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture in partnership with the Jewish Arts Collaborative. Additional digital partners include the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, Jewish Museum Milwaukee and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. The work is part of a North American project – Dwelling in a Time of Plagues – a coast-to-coast Jewish artistic response to contemporary plagues. To see the other works on display, visit plaguedwelling.com.
A Passover supplement produced for Dwelling in a Time of Plagues, including ten authors and ten artists responding to ten modern plagues, can be downloaded here. Contributing authors include Sarah Blake, Marra B. Gad, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Rebecca Soffer, Rabbi Abby Stein, Darin Strauss, Michael Twitty, Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, and Moriel Rothman-Zecher.