Today, another of my usual jogs—the thousandth step of a thousandth run, every run varied enough to include something new.
Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest presents:
Authors Ruby Namdar (The Ruined House), Ruth Franklin (A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction) and Moment editor-in-chief Nadine Epstein (Elie Wiesel: An Extraordinary Life) discuss the enduring power–and perils–of Holocaust fiction.
Prior to the conversation, the 2020 Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest winners read excerpts from their stories:
1st place – Omer Friedlander, The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land
2nd place – Linda Brettler, Private
3rd place – Rona Arato, Polonaise
Is the movie as good as the book? Often, the answer to this perennial question is a flat “No.”
I wanted to tell my father that the fish salad was shining, but he was asleep, calling my name in long somniloquous moans. I stood at his bedside, the shape of our room made visible by the scarce lights of the Marshal Zhukov Street. Slava! My name rose from his lungs…
I am 22 and pregnant, which means I’m not a teen statistic, but you can chalk me up to the idiot percentages who think they know what they’re doing with a condom. When I was a kid, I planned my future around a timeline like the one I’m in. Then again, when I was a kid I planned to explore the earth by sea. Now there are no explorers left: satellites can read your watch from space and planes can take you across the planet in a day…
Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Fiction // July was Reva’s month to fall apart. She slept through the alarm and ignored her husband’s attempts to rouse her. She showered sporadically. She added bourbon to her morning coffee. She stopped answering email, her cell phone, the door. She arrived late to the summer school class she was teaching and dismissed the students early.