Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A New Read on Jewish Life

For the past several years, the best of Jewish culture and literature has been featured by Nextbook, both on its website and interesting podcasts. Now, Nextbook has been reconfigured as Tablet. Find it at http://www.tabletmag.com/. It features the most talented lineup of journalists to be found in the Jewish media. Read about the site's design here.
Editor Alana Newhouse writes, " We’ve expanded our mandate to cover, break, and analyze news and politics, and will work to tie our cultural coverage much more closely to current public discourse. Even more important, Tablet is not simply a read. On our site, you will find lengthy pieces of in-depth journalism and cultural criticism, fiery blog posts, audio podcasts and video clips, beautiful slideshows, and bits of animation. Offering up-to-the-minute reactions to the day’s news, sophisticated cultural coverage, and in-depth explorations of broad trends in Jewish life, Tablet magazine is the first fully-integrated multimedia Jewish journalistic enterprise in history.

And yet, despite all this innovation, Tablet is closely tethered to the past. We seek inspiration and owe gratitude to sources as diverse as the pioneering magazines and “big idea books” of the 1960s and 70s, the robust Yiddish (and Ladino!) dailies of the Lower East Side at the turn of the last century, and, of course, the tablets themselves—the first medium of Western civilization, whose message remains deeply relevant to our lives today.
She promises a lot. And Tablet delivers.

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