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“Edward’s Humor” and More

Humor, Word Play, Personae, Memoirs, Interpretation

“Edward,” the main persona of Edward in his nuclear family when he was growing up, gained no fewer than seventeen additional personae in the course of the enrichment of his life. The pieces in Word Play range from the flippant, to the semiserious, to the intellectual. Interpretation has two parts: insights about material from twenty-five Sabbath Portions of the Week in the Five Books of Moses, and an innovative approach to the relationships of the members of the Hebrew “First Family.” Interpretation extends to the essay in his Memoirs section, “Three Jewish Women in This Bridge Called My Back.” “Edward’s Humor” and More can be read by all, from grades 9-12 to Adults.

 

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Genres Mélange

Humor, Word Play, Personae, Sonnets, Fiction, Memoirs, Interpretation

Genres Mélange: Humor, Word Play, Personae, Sonnets, Fiction, Memoirs, Interpretation contains writings in the seven different categories, five of which (apart from wordplay and personae) are definitely genres.

“Personae” is unique; with “Word Play,” the author may be starting a trend.

Each category contains respective elements of the other six. This work, a sequel to Edward’s Humor and More, features the new genres of sonnets and fiction. Interpretation ranges from the scripture to Talmud to Shakespeare to Reva Spiro Luxenberg Levenson.

 

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Genres Mélange Deuxième

Humor, Word Play, Personae, Sonnets, Art, Fiction, Memoirs, Reconstructing Judaism, Reviews, Interpretation, Genealogy

Genres Mélange Deuxième: Humor, Word Play, Personae, Sonnets, Art, Fiction, Memoirs, Reconstructing Judaism, Reviews, Interpretation, Genealogy contains, besides Art, writings in ten different categories, at least six of which are clearly genres. Many categories contain respective elements of others. This work, a sequel to “Edward’s Humor” and More and Genres Mélange, features the innovations of “Prompt-Based Pieces” (comprising exposition, fiction, and memoirs), “Genealogy,” and a “Literary Memoir.”  The writings in the book range from Scripture to Talmud to Shakespeare to discussion about modern authors. The book features guest contributors—wife Reva Spiro Luxenberg Levenson, brother Robert Levenson, daughter Aliza Levenson, sons Judah and Benjamin Levenson, friends Joe Bruno and Jack Cohen, and mentor Rabbi Sylvan Kamens.

 

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The View from Kings Point

The Kings Point Writers Club Anthology, 2018

Joe Bruno writes with subtlety about human capacities and relationships, situations and dilemmas, joys and setbacks. Laurie Faber writes poignantly about a mother and son, her father, youth, a girlfriend and a Latino family in Harlem, New York. Sol Friedman draws on his engineering, historical and world-traveler background. Karen Gula graces their work with exquisite drawings and descriptions of their contexts and personal meaning for her. David Jones, with characteristic British wit and understatement, relates his experiences as a boxer, a swimmer and a program-seller at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Bobby Lauri writes about “growing up Italian” in Queens, overcoming a harrowing childhood, becoming a band manager, meeting celebrities and witnessing the attack on the Trade Center South Tower.

Ed Levenson represents his multi-genres endeavors in “Word Play,” “Fiction,” “Memoirs,” “Reviews,” and “Humor.” Reva Luxenberg demonstrates, in her biblical legends, her writer’s “voice.” Faye Menczer Ascher has a rich account of her stay in Israel. Pat Regan describes family situations over three generations with skill and irony. Anne Rockwerk writes about a life of overcoming challenges, developing confidence in writing, strengthening her faith and enjoying family festivities to the fullest as well as the late A. Irving Rosenberg who has bequeathed to them expressions of his inquisitive, thoughtful and noble soul.

 

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Genres Synch

Genres Synch: Personae, Humor, Poetry, Art, Fiction, Memoirs, Interpretation, Exposition is the latest full-fledged “multi-genres mix” of “Edward/Ed/Eddie/etc.” Both his genres and his personae are not “mixed-up.” In fact, they are well-integrated, although some consider this a matter of opinion. In addition to the four “mixes” (“Mélanges”)─see the list following the “Preface”─his most recent book was a writers-group anthology, The View from Kings Point. This book, actually, is thus his fifth. Hence the title Genres Synch, a play on both the Latin/French/Spanish “quinque”/“cinq”/“cinco” (five) and “being in synchronization/sync,” among other things.

The author explores the meaning of his proliferating personae in his books, including this one. They now number about 25; he plans to round them out (or rather “even them out”) at 36 in the future.

The writings in Genres Synch range from good-natured humor to satire to avant-garde poetry to fictional stories to diverse memoirs to Hebraic and Classical culture to scholarly exposition.

The book features truly outstanding guest contributions─ of the author’s wife Reva (Spiro Luxenberg), son Judah, daughter Aliza, brother Rob, and writing-group colleagues Joe Bruno and David Jones.

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