Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
After spending the last few days up at the National Yiddish Book Center, it’s only fitting that we would be drawn to an article on one of the Singer siblings, published yesterday in The New Republic‘s online review.
Some of you may remember our post last year on the reissue of Esther Singer Kreitman’s The Dance of the Demons: A Novel , “The Other Singer”, which you can find here.
Now, as the reissue of The Brothers Ashkenazi draws near (fall, Other Press), Rebecca Newberger Goldstein sheds light on the older brother of Isaac Bashevis Singer (I.B. Singer), Israel Joshua Singer (I.J. Singer). As Goldstein points out, ironically, while the two brothers lived, it was I.J. who was famous, while Isaac “languished darkly in his internal contradictions and his older brother’s shadow.” She goes on to examine I.J.’s political engagement and interest in Western civilization (rather than the era of the Talmud), as well as his stories and his role in his brother’s path to publication.
Read the full article in The Book: The Online Review of The New Republic here
Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Naomi is the executive director of Jewish Book Council. She graduated from Emory University with degrees in English and Art History and, in addition, studied at University College London. Prior to her role as executive director, Naomi served as the founding editor of the JBC website and blog and managing editor of Jewish Book World. In addition, she has overseen JBC’s digital initiatives, and also developed the JBC’s Visiting Scribe series and Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation.