Monthly Archives: June 2011
The Business of Dowries
Most of what I knew about Jewish dowries, prior to researching the Einstein novel, came from the stories of Shalom Aleichem, via Tevye the milkman and Fiddler on the Roof. I extend my gratitude and acknowledgment to Marion Kaplan and … Continue reading
What is an alp?
It’s not a rocky peak in Switzerland, Italy, or France, or so I learn from a 1908 volume called Peep at Many Lands: Switzerland by John Finnemore (London: Adam and Charles Black). It’s one of those lovely old books, … Continue reading
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An Exercise in Point-of-View
I’m working on a scene where it’s hard to understand Einstein’s behavior. It’s mid-July, 1901, and Mileva is about to re-sit her exams at the Polytech, having failed them the summer before. It’s her last chance to pass, and, oh-my-god, … Continue reading