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The Illustrious Illustrator

In the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to pay tribute to several artists I love: the poet (and my father-in-law) Yehonatan Geffen, the writer Meir Shalev, and the poet Yehuda Amichai. It recently occurred to me that one thing these three writers have in common is that they’re all deceased, and that it wouldn’t hurt Alphabet Soup’s karma to start boosting some living artists, too. When it comes to a boost, no artist I know is more deserving than the illustrator and animator David Polonsky.

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Israel's existential crisis

The way it looks now, Netanyahu has lost control. His messianic partners are the ones who are now in control and they do everything in their power to keep this bitterly-divided country burning: violent demonstrations by Druze residents in the north of the country; an ongoing plague of homicides among the Arab citizens of Israel, with more than a hundred victims this year; raging inflation and a sky-high cost of living; chaos and lack of governability in occupied Palestine; and a prime minister who continues to explain to the foreign press, in perfect English, that everything is hunky dory and there’s nothing to worry about.

Photo: Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency

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“What About Me?“

Written by Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen for “Short Stories on Human Rights“ (2008).

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Smoking dope is illegal, but screaming at an Arab who ran over a little girl — that's not only legal, it's downright normative.

"One Gram Short"

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Third Temple: Israel’s Occupation Is Coming Home

Netanyahu’s government is not here to debate—it’s here to rule, and any resistance is an intifada.

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Words Without Borders, 2010

I believe that there is a truth. I believe it is very difficult to articulate that truth. I try to go in that direction, but I don’t pretend I will get there.

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New York Times, 2012

For Keret, the creative impulse resides not in a conscious devotion to the classic armature of fiction (character, plot, theme, etc.) but in an allegiance to the anarchic instigations of the subconscious. His best stories display a kind of irrepressible dream logic

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