Seth Barrett Tillman, Purim & My Bangladeshi Friend, Gadfly: Culture that Matters, [Here] and [Here].
Today is Purim, that is, broadly speaking it’s Purim. Actually, it is a little complex.
Today is The Little Purim (Purim Katan); the real Purim is in a month. We have two Purims this year because Purim falls in the month of Adar, and this year—in the Jewish calendar—is a leap year: a year with two Adars. Purim came about in consequence of the events recorded in Esther, the only book of the Hebrew canon written absent any (express) mention of God.
I wrote and published this 8-page short story--Purim & My Bangladeshi Friend--a little while back. As I said, today is Purim, and it’s Purim again in a month. So my short story is, I think, once again, timely, and sadly, once again, all too relevant to life in our shared West, in our shared modernity.
My short story was reviewed (or linked to) on several blogs:
T. Greer, Notes From All Over (3/02/2014): Ghosts, Empire, and Tribal Honor, The Scholar’s Stage (Feb. 3, 2014) (favourable review, but the reviewer gives away a key plot point);
Lexington Green, Seth Barrett Tillman, “Purim & My Bangladeshi Friend,” Chicago Boyz (Jan. 9, 2014) (favourable review);
Fri. Eve. Linkage (abbreviated), Howl at Pluto: History and Theory of International Politics, Etc. (Feb. 7, 2014, 6:38 PM) (with comments) (mixed to unfavourable reviews);
C. R. Krieger, Purim 2015–A Meditation, Right-Side-Of-Lowell (Mar. 6, 2015, 5:10 AM) (favourable review);
Jonathan Rowe, Seth Barrett Tillman, Purim & My Bangladeshi Friend, Gadfly: Culture that Matters, American Creation (Jan. 6, 2014, 12:14 PM) (neutral); and,
Glenn Reynolds, FOR PURIM: Seth Tillman: Purim & My Bangladeshi Friend, Instapundit (Mar. 5, 2015, 8:07 PM) (neutral ... but see comments).
After reading my short story, you might consider—or reconsider—the meaning of the sad events in Cologne (and across Europe) in a new way. You might also consider or reconsider the meaning of the authorities’ immediate, disgraceful response, or to be more accurate, non-response.
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Welcome Instapundit, Chicago Boyz, American Creation, Howl at Pluto, Right-Side-of-Lowell, and Scholar’s Stage readers. My co-bloggers have posted a lot of good material here at New Reform Club, so please have a look around.
My prior post is [here]: Seth Barrett Tillman, “Taney Deserves His Tribute”: Responding to George W. Liebmann’s Opinion Editorial in The Baltimore Sun, The New Reform Club (Feb. 21, 2016, 7:21 AM).