Sundown: Anne Frank for the ‘Gossip Girl’ Age
Plus a Clinton cancellation, Wiesel mocked, and more
• Thought there were enough versions of the Diary of Anne Frank? Not so, says Masterpiece Theatre, whose new rendition, set to air in April, portrays the Holocaust victim as a “feisty teenager” as opposed to a “tragic Jewish saint.” [NYPost]
• Bill Clinton and George W. Bush canceled a joint appearance sponsored by the American Jewish University in part because the event was marketed as “the hottest ticket in political history,” which Clinton felt implied that a fight would ensue. A promoter can dream, right? [JTA]
• Elie Wiesel criticized the Teabaggers for using images of Holocaust victims to protest President Obama’s health care plan; they responded on Politico, calling him “disgusting PR-seeking profiteering demagogue” and a “tool of the sick, perverted, racist, anti-semetic Democrap [sic] party.” One hit below the belt: “Elie, how did that whole Madoff thing work out for you?” [America Blog]
• In honor of the New York Times finally noticing the story of the British school that brought the question “Who is a Jew?” to its nation’s supreme court, Gawker offers a quiz where you can assess your own Jewiness based on what you eat for breakfast and your opinion of Larry David. [Gawker]
• Nobel prize winning physicist Vitaly Ginzburg has died at age 93; he had said that the importance of his work in creating the hydrogen bomb for the Soviets saved him from being imprisoned (or worse) during their campaign against Jews. [AFP]
And makes an observer proud to be an American, where there’s church-state separation
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at email@example.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.
We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.