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A87933739 - Outwitting History: How Aaron Lansky Rescued Yiddish Literature

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Dmitri Gheorgheni

Entry: Outwitting History: How Aaron Lansky Rescued Yiddish Literature - A87933739
Author: Dmitri Gheorgheni - U1590784

Another book review. I happened across this book while browsing the Yiddish Book Center's Yiddish collection. The story was so much fun to read I couldn't put it down. I thought the Guide could use it.

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A87933739 - Outwitting History: How Aaron Lansky Rescued Yiddish Literature

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SashaQ - happysad

Thank you! I learned a lot from this - I once attended a lecture where a recording of the last surviving native speaker of a particular language was played, which was very moving, and this Entry is similar, but also conveys the flavour of the book very well so it is a pleasure to read smiley - ok


A87933739 - Outwitting History: How Aaron Lansky Rescued Yiddish Literature

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Dmitri Gheorgheni

Glad you liked it, Sasha. smiley - smiley I'm really hoping people will want to read the book.


A87933739 - Outwitting History: How Aaron Lansky Rescued Yiddish Literature

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minorvogonpoet

This is a lovely mixture of the amusing, the sad and the brave. smiley - smiley

I was particularly amused by the role of 'The Designated Eater'.

I did wonder if Aaron Lansky had a job doing something else and had to find time and funding for all this book saving?


A87933739 - Outwitting History: How Aaron Lansky Rescued Yiddish Literature

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Dmitri Gheorgheni

He's an academic. smiley - laugh In between, I suspect he was teaching and writing papers for publication. He also got a MacArthur grant, aka a 'genius grant'. You can't apply for those, you have to be nominated. smiley - smiley It was for $250,000 over five years, I believe. Now, of course, he's the director of the Book Center.

While the books were donated, they had to raise funds for gas and such. He has hair-raising stories of these low-rent trucks. One time, he, his coworker, and an elderly lady were in one with non-functional windscreen wipers. It started raining. They were on a busy bridge in Manhattan... They strung a length of rope across the windscreen, and the driver and passenger held their arms out the windows and pulled up and down. smiley - rofl

The stories in this book are priceless. smiley - rofl And that's before we get to the part about the Guthrie family.


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