Tag Archives: Lydia Davis

Freud’s Butcher Contributor Wins Major Literary Award

Freud’s Butcher Contributor Wins Major Literary Award

I’m kvelling. My friend Lydia Davis, who is a FOFB (Friend of Freud’s Butcher), just won the Man Booker International Prize. We’re not talking the regular Man Booker Prize, which is prestigious enough, but a lifetime achievement award for fiction, presented once every two years. The four previous winners were Ismail Kadaré (2005), Chinua AchebeContinue Reading

Belly Dancing, Knitting, Pastry & Psychology: A Virtual Convergence

Belly Dancing, Knitting, Pastry & Psychology: A Virtual Convergence

A few months ago, I made the virtual acquaintance of a very accomplished woman with a Viennese Jewish parent. She, in turn, had recently become virtually reacquainted with an old friend/cousin with a Viennese Jewish parent. Each of the two friends/cousins has a Viennese non-Jewish parent too. It’s a bit confusing. Bear with me here.Continue Reading

What’s in a Name? Kornmehl

What’s in a Name? Kornmehl

As I mentioned last week, one of the ten genealogical questions I want answers to — #2 to be precise — was researched by a good friend, who became very interested in the history of my mother’s family, the Kornmehls. The result was this wonderfully rich guest post. Blame  — or thank  —  me forContinue Reading