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October 4, 2014 11:48 AM   Subscribe

Etgar Keret is brilliant, and this is a great piece for the holiday. Thanks for posting it.
posted by Itaxpica at 12:06 PM on October 4, 2014

That's great. I've never heard of Keret, but I have now. Thanks.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 12:07 PM on October 4, 2014

He's done a lot of great work with Tablet, but probably the best entry point for his stuff is his short story collections. They're all great, but The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God is my favorite of the bunch. There are a few stories that make more sense if you're familiar with Israeli society and culture, but even without that background you'll still get a lot out of it.
posted by Itaxpica at 12:13 PM on October 4, 2014 [1 favorite]

Just broke the fast here with some nice challah. L'shanah tovah everybody!
posted by leotrotsky at 3:45 PM on October 4, 2014 [1 favorite]

Original version in Hebrew: אם חגים היו ילדים
posted by Sharcho at 5:09 PM on October 4, 2014 [3 favorites]

I got my acceptance to grad school on Rosh Hashanah, which I thought was an auspicious start to the new year. And then everything went to shit. It was a time so filled with tragedy that it became a parody of itself. Tonight, I broke fast on a weekend away in the city and my night was filled with incredibly joyful experiences. This really has nothing to do with the lovely article, but an acknowledgement of how powerful the High Holidays have been for me this year. L'shana tovah!
posted by Ruki at 11:13 PM on October 4, 2014 [2 favorites]

Is there any way to listen to the Etgar Keret episode of CBC's radio show Ideas? It had readings of a couple of his stories and it was a totally beautiful way for me to get introduced to his writing.

The story Pipes makes me tear up whenever I read it.
posted by Space Coyote at 2:46 AM on October 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

What does it mean that I'm having trouble forging him for tripping the girl and lying about it?
posted by Obscure Reference at 6:02 AM on October 5, 2014

One of Etgar Keret's short stories (whose original name escapes me) was adapted into the American indie film Wristcutters. The concept of the story is that if one commits suicide, one goes to an afterlife that's like a depressed, anhedonic version of the normal world. The film moved the action from Israel to somewhere random in the US, which caused one of the jokes (a character getting nervous when his taxi driver turns out to be an Arab) to fall somewhat flat.
posted by acb at 7:36 AM on October 5, 2014

I don't know about Ideas but here he is on Writers and Company.
posted by warriorqueen at 4:00 AM on October 6, 2014

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