The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The first season of Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” about a brassy 1950s housewife-turned-stand-up-comic, debuted last fall to swoony reviews (including one from the The Times which described Midge Maisel’s “bon mots rattling like ice in a cocktail shaker”). Though the second season of the cult-favorite show has just landed, many fans have hurtled through it at breakneck speed and are already in withdrawal. If you’re one of them, we’ve got some books for you to read. Gal Beckerman and Tina Jordan, New York Times.

I libri consigliati sono: The Group di Mary McCarthy (of course), e poi Seriously Funny di Gerald Nachman (che non conosco), Crazy Salad di Nora Ephron (che adoro) e The Joy of Yiddish di Leo Rosten (This 1968 lexicon codified words like “kvetch” and “schlep” in American English). 

E con questi consigli di lettura per le vacanze e questa immagine piena di energia e allegria auguro a tutti BUON NATALE E FELICE ANNO NUOVO!


Tradurre Natalia Ginzburg

Natalia Ginzburg, who died in 1991.“Dribbledrams! Doodledums! Nitwitteries!” These are a few of the signature eccentric sayings that Italian novelist and essayist Ginzburg ascribes to members of her family in this unusual portrait of everyday life in Italy from the 1920s to 50s. An experimental novel-cum-memoir first published in 1963, it features her parents, older siblings, in-laws, dissident friends and acquaintances, as well as those known through her mother’s oft-recounted reminiscences, who had “assumed the step of the dead, light and elusive”. Family Lexicon, translated by Jenny McPhee, is published by Daunt. The Guardian.


Going Gaga for Gazoz

A soda from Levinsky 41 in Tel Aviv called Gazoz.If the Israeli gazoz revival could be attributed to a single person, that would be Binyanim (Benny) Briga, the owner of Cafe Levinski 41, a hole-in-the-wall establishment in Tel Aviv’s Florentin neighborhood. Five years ago, Briga, previously a restaurant owner, settled in the tiny location and started offering customers abundant, photogenic gazoz, using entirely house-made ingredients... Se volete leggere la storia del gazoz, cliccate qui. Devo ammettere di aver scelto questo post perché mi piaceva il titolo, ma suppongo che anche la bevanda sia gradevole, perché non aprire un gazoz bar a Milano?


Raccolta di testi ebraici rari arriva alla biblioteca della Brown

The Brown University Library is now home to a collection of rare illustrated texts that depict how Jewish communities have celebrated the Passover Seder across the globe, spanning more than 400 years and in a wide range of languages. 


L'avventurosa (e a lieto fine) storia di un violoncello

Risultati immagini per Matteo Goffriller - di Matt Haimovitz new yorkSi tratta del violoncello - un Matteo Goffriller - di Matt Haimovitz. La potete leggere sul New Yorker di questa settimana, nella sezione "The Talk of the Town". Ovviamente si svolge a New York.

"He [Haimovitz] had played it for thirty years, until, fifteen months earlier, while giving a lesson to a promising Canadian student, he dropped it, and the cello’s neck snapped. Since then, the instrument had been undergoing extensive repairs by a team of five luthiers at Reed Yeboah Fine Violins, near Columbus Circle. Now the shop had called to say that Matteo was ready for release.

The relationship between cellist and cello is unusually tight. “It’s probably the instrument closest to the human voice in range,” Haimovitz said. He described the necessity of wrapping oneself around the cello while playing. “You have to be good friends, intimate friends.”


Pictures from an Exposition

Pictures from an Exposition: Visualizing the 1893 World's Fair: una bella mostra sulla Worlds Fair del 1893, "Featuring works of art and ephemera from the Newberry’s extensive collection of exposition materials, Pictures from an Exposition explores the fair’s tremendous power of attraction, both at the time of its presentation and through history into the present, for both those who attended and those who experienced it from afar", alla Newberry Library di Chicago dal 28 settembre al 31 dicembre. 


Buone vacanze

Providence, WaterFire
Usalibri va in vacanza. Buone vacanze a tutti e a rivederci verso la metà di settembre!


The Strand

The Strand, uno dei luoghi cult di Manhattan, ha subito un rinnovamento e non è più quello di una volta. "Concerned with the persistent competition from online booksellers and chain stores, the Strand recently hired a design company to advise them as to “what customers want now and in the future,” Eddie Sutton, the store’s manager, who has been there since 1991, said. What many customers want turns out to be the convenience and variety found online. And so the Strand traded the bag check for video cameras and plainclothes security. The book-buying counter was moved from the front to the back of the store. The leather-bound sets (Will and Ariel Durant, the complete works of Dickens, Toynbee) behind the cashier were pushed aside to fit books arranged by the color of their spines. The non-book section was expanded to sell socks, lollipops, and greeting cards alongside T-shirts, refrigerator magnets, and totes bearing slogans like “Prose Before Hoes.” You can now mail letters from inside the store. Rachel Shteir, newyorker.


Lost NY

Today in New York there are more than 1,300 individual landmarks, and 114 historic districts encompassing some 33,000 landmarked properties. 

Other landmarked sites include about a hundred lampposts, seven cast-iron sidewalk clocks, three Coney Island amusement park rides, and a Magnolia grandiflora tree planted in Brooklyn in 1885.

Yet prior to the landmarks law there was no legal means for protecting historic sites like the Roxy. Many had fallen into disrepair. Alex Straub, nybooks.