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This Week in Fiction: Etgar Keret

In your story in this week’s issue, “One Gram Short,” a man hesitates to ask a woman he likes to a movie, because he feels that it implies too much desire or commitment. Instead, he thinks, he will invite her to smoke a joint. Do you...Show More Summary

Indian Summer: An Open Letter to Sayed Kashua on the occasion of his piece in the New Yorker

Hatim Kanaaneh writes an open letter to author, and fellow Palestinian citizen of Israel, Sayed Kashua about the recent correspondence between Keshua and Israeli novelist Etgar Keret that was published in the New Yorker.

The Freedom Of Fiction

by Dish Staff Etgar Keret speculates about why he turned to writing: What I feel about fiction is that it’s removed from life, that nothing in it is real, the characters can die or have wings. For me it’s a great release. I’m the kind of person who thinks about the consequences of his actions. […]

A New Man

To ease his grief, a widower starts hanging out at a coffee shop. A stranger mistakes him for the person he was supposed to meet. Thus began his multiple lives. Based on Etgar Keret’s short story Healthy Start.

The swan song of the Israeli left

Between the lines of Etgar Keret's recent LA Times article on the Middle East conflict, one can hear the swan song of the Israeli-Jewish left.

"The first step might be to stop using the debilitating word 'peace'"

4 months agoOdd : The Hairpin

by Jia Tolentino The Israel writer Etgar Keret on the ongoing, increasingly bloody Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A few months ago, my 8-year-old son took part in a ceremony in which all the pupils in his class were given a Bible to mark the beginning of their Bible studies. Show More Summary

A short history of Hebrew literature

VERY SHORT: A short history of Hebrew literature, from Genesis to Etgar Keret. It's Hebrew Book Week, and the perfect time to glance back at Hebrew writing from biblical times to the post-modernist escapists (Elon Gilad, Haaretz ). And not without omission or error. Show More Summary

Chips: A Short Story About First Times by Etgar Keret

Chips: A Short Story About First Times by Etgar Keret “The first girl I ever kissed on the mouth was named Vered.” read more

Jakub Szczesny’s Keret House is the World’s Narrowest Building

Could you live in house no wider than a door frame? Etgar Keret can. The Israeli writer is now the proud owner of the world's narrowest building, a home so tiny that you might not even notice it if you're not looking hard. The house, which is less than five

Etgar Keret: The Long and Very Short of Fiction

Etgar Keret, with his collections The Nimrod Flip-Out and the recently published Suddenly, a Knock on the Door, reinvigorated the short story (and the short, short story). The author, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Zoetrope...Show More Summary

Etgar Keret Annotates a Story on Poetry Genius

Israeli author Etgar Keret has annotated his short story “What Do We Have in Our Pockets?” on Poetry Genius, the literary arm of the lyric annotation site Rap Genius. His funny notes add images, commentary and writing insight. Here’s an excerpt, explaining the moment he conceived the story: I began writing this story during a train ride to Haifa. Show More Summary

How to Get Lena Dunham, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Catherine Opie to Send You an Email

last yearArts : Hyperallergic

CHICAGO — Miranda July's new project We Think Alone blurs the lines between a public confession and a private thought, asking participants Kareen Abdul-Jabbar, Lena Dunham, Kirsten Dunst, Sheila Heti, Etgar Keret, Late and Laura Mulleavy, Catherine Opie Lee Smolin and Danh Vo to share emails with you.

Miranda July's 'We Think Alone'

TIMOTHY RYSDYKE Would you like to participate in Miranda July's We Think Alone project? Sign up and you will receive 20 e-mails over 20 weeks from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lena Dunham, Kirsten Dunst, Sheila Heti, Etgar Keret, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Catherine Opie, Lee Smolin, and Danh Vo. Show More Summary

Etgar Keret Q & A

In Eurozine Ieva Lesinska has a fairly extensive Q & A with Etgar Keret, High register, low register. Some interesting translation-discussion -- as well as an explanation why Keret has been a vegetarian since the age of five.

You May Not Necessarily Want to Sleep With Todd

2 years agoOdd : The Hairpin

Why not read "Todd" by Etgar Keret, one of the best short story writers working today? I met Todd at a reading he organized in Denver. When he talked about the stories he loved that evening, he became so excited that he began to stammer. Show More Summary

Etgar Keret Sentence Animated

2 years agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Electric Literature has released a new “Single Sentence Animation,” bringing the first sentence of a Etgar Keret‘s “Todd” to life. In the video embedded above, Tatia Rosenthal animated the short story and Christopher Bowen made the music. Show More Summary

What Do We Have in Our Pockets?

Director Goran Duki?’s adaptation of a charming and romantic short story written by Etgar Keret. The story originally appeared in Keret’s book Suddenly, a Knock on the Door. Hat Tip Link

Storyvid.io

In Haaretz Maya Sela reports that Israeli author Etgar Keret wants to change how you relate to literature, as: Keret and Alfon's new cultural initiative is meant to change the way we relate to literature. They are attempting to create...Show More Summary

Heavers vs. Hoarders

2 years agoOdd : The Hairpin

For the first installation of Storyvid, a project the Paris Review describes as "an attempt to create the literary equivalent of a music video," Croatian director Goran Duki? animates Israeli author Etgar Keret's short story "What Do We Have in Our Pockets?" (text version here), from his excellent Suddenly, A Knock on the Door. Show More Summary

Electric Literature: Etgar Keret on How Writing Saved Janet Frame

Where does the need to make up a story come from? I think that every time I've ever read a story, that question echoes in my mind.

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