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Yiddish is everywhere. We hear words like "nosh," "schlep," and "schmutz "all the time, but how did these words come to pepper American English? In "Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land," Harvey Pekar and Paul Buhle trace the influence of Yiddish from medieval Europe to the tenements of New York's Lower East Side. This comics anthology contains original stories by notable writers and artists such as Barry Deutsch, Peter Kuper, Spain Rodriguez, and Sharon Rudahl. Through illustrations, comics art, and a full-length play, four major themes are explored: culture, performance, assimilation, and the revival of the language. The last fully realized work by Harvey Pekar, this book is a thoughtful compilation that reveals the far-reaching influences of Yiddish. Praise for "Yiddishkeit: ""every bit of it brimming with the charm and flavor of its subject and seamlessly meshing with the text to create a genuinely compelling, scholarly comics experience"--"Publishers Weekly" "a postvernacular tour de force"--"The Forward""gorgeous comix-style portraits of Yiddish writers" --"Tablet" "Yiddishkeit has managed to survive, if just barely, not because there are individuals dedicated to its survival, though there are, but because Yiddishkeit is an essential part of both the Jewish and the human experience." --Neal Gabler, author of "An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood," from his introduction
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