Tel Aviv Diary - December 1, 2011 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

December 6, 2011

December 7, 2011

Guess what - now that Katzav is in prison, I'm going on a break.

December 8, 2011

My latest book in Hebrew is out. Translated by Moran Kornfeld, and edited by Ezi and Rafi and me, it is a pretty tough read. It's called "Miracles and More" 'πριν ελεand it isn't for sale on the Keshev site yet, but i tried it out on a few people to see if works. So far so good. We'll see. It's mostly about being a caregiver, and I published it in Hebrew first primarily because there were so many people I met in the hospital who were lost in the bureaucracy and terror of illness.

Oh, yes, the book in English is here

December 9, 2011

I spent the evening watching Russian tv for my 2 minutes of fame. The program, Wait For Me shows you how many people are lost, looking for family, friends, vanished pasts. I always thought it was just in Israel, that the holocaust erased the histories of so many people, but there too, bitter events have separated loved ones. And although there has always been that longing, the Internet and contemporary communications give a person that hope, that chance that someone will actually find someone else.

I must admit that living in Israel gave me the courage to begin this search on Russian television, that having an identity as an Israeli already meant that the search was voluntary, that I already have a family.

December 10, 2011

Beginning of Semester at Tel Aviv University

Nobel Prize Ceremony - the only good news we've had in recent months - Dan Shechman. I've decided I'm not going to pretend to discuss politics nowadays. Remember Mose Allison - "Stop this world. I want to get off. Too many pigs. Eating out of the same trough..."

So we went to "Brown" in Yoo Towers, in the G shopping mall tonight. Like going into a different world, with no resemblance to Tel Aviv. All very ritzy, just a tiny bit overdesigned. The company was great, but the food, the service - amateur, pretentious, overpriced and underportioned and yet sweet as well...

December 11, 2011

At the evening in honor of the new biography of Pinchas Sapir, by Michal Sapir, the discussion of history came up. Postmodern creative history and biography. The room was filled with old Labor party colleagues who remembered our old finance minister and minister of development. In fact, even the university where the evening was held was due entirely to his efforts. So there lots of "facts" hovering around the room, and many different views of history. There was even the general problem of writing a biography in Israel - where so many of our leaders did not see themselves as having private lives, but missions. Socialism doesn't make for good focuses on the development of the self. But the author, Sapir's granddaughter, had done her doctorate at NYU in Comp Lit, and knew exactly what she was doing.

There were two other subjects I wanted to write about in this context, the accepted psychological analysis of terrorism and Newt Gingrich's analysis of the Palestinian people. Maybe tomorrow when I'm more awake.

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