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Lev Raphael
Lev Raphael is the author of twenty-five books in nearly a dozen different genres. Raphael is best known as a pioneer in writing fiction and creative non-fiction about the children of Holocaust survivors, which he's been publishing since 1978, before almost any other American author. His books have been translated into fifteen languages and he's done hundreds of invited talks and readings on three continents. His work has appeared in dozens of anthologies in the U.S. and England. He's a guest assistant professor of English at Michigan State University whose Special Archives purchased his current and future literary papers.

Raphael's academic mystery series has earned raves from the NYTBR and many other newspapers and magazines and he has been the keynoter at international conferences. Raphael has written hundreds of reviews and essays for The Detroit Free Press, Jerusalem Report, Forward, The Washington Post, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Boston Review and Lambda Book Report. A former radio talk show host, he currently reviews for WKAR 90.5 FM in East Lansing, MI. Raphael's web site is Follow him on Twitter @LevRaphael.

Entries by Lev Raphael

Best-Selling Author Writes a Romance Novel To Prove Her Superiority

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 4:38 PM

Novelist Curtis Sittenfeld has been getting beaten up by romance writers and readers because she's said that most romance novels are badly written.

This sounds like a classic Publicity 101 attempt to get attention for her own update of Pride and Prejudice: Throw something controversial out there about...

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HBO and Sexual Harassment

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 8:48 AM


I had just published my first book and was getting my writing career started back in 1991, but it ground to a halt while I watched the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings, dumbfounded like so many other people across the country. That's...

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How Bernie Might Help Hillary Win

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 8:47 AM

In all the media hype about the two candidates that casts them as boxers rather than politicians, few pundits mention that Bernie Sanders has helped Hillary Clinton enormously

He's made her a much better candidate.

Watching last night's debate, I thought she was stronger than she's ever been this primary...

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John Kasich: Bigot or Bully?

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 5:38 PM

John Kasich met with some Orthodox Jews in New York and tried to teach them about Judaism.

He rudely and contemptuously insisted that the story of the Jews is more about God's covenant with Abraham than it is about God's relationship with Moses or Moses with the Jews.

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Fear The Walking Dud

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 7:55 AM

Last year I was really looking forward to Fear The Walking Dead. The creators said they didn't want to produce a clone of The Walking Dead. It was going to be set in Los Angeles and months before the outbreak had spread so widely.

That city is a great...

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The Danish Girl is a Dazzling Novel

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 7:23 AM

When I see a movie that's utterly satisfying and is based on a novel, I often don't bother reading the book.

I was so moved by Eddie Redmayne's performance in The Danish Girl, so taken by every aspect of the film that I once again thought I wouldn't have...

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Sanders Was Wrong About Clinton

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 10:47 PM

I've had a Bernie Sanders lawn sign for over a year because I thought he was a much better candidate for President than Clinton in many ways, but what the Senator said about Hillary Clinton being "unqualified" to be President is flat-out disgraceful.

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More Diversity For Michigan Book Award?

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2016 | 3:40 AM

I recently blogged about a serious gap in the history of the Michigan Notable Book Awards.

These awards have been sponsored by the Library of Michigan since 2004, but go back almost 25 years. Each year judges pick 20 Notable Michigan books "reflective of Michigan's diverse ethnic,...

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Susan Sarandon and Robert De Niro Need Better Lines

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 9:49 PM


Susan Sarandon blew up the Internet with her comments about not voting for Hillary Clinton if Bernie Sanders didn't get the Democratic nomination. She was pressed in an interview and said that having Trump as President might not be a...

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Donald Trump in Yiddish

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 8:24 AM

Nicholas Kristof wrote this past weekend in the New York Times that there's never been "a national politician in the U.S. who is so ill informed, evasive, puerile and deceptive as Trump."

People have been using all sorts of juicy Yiddish expletives to describe Trump, but there's a...

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Academic Bullies Treat Adjuncts Like Serfs

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 7:30 AM

Every year, colleges and universities spend more money on their marquee sports teams and their proliferating administrators, and less on faculty. Meanwhile, "contingent" faculty do the same work as tenure track professors at less than half the pay. But at many schools, more than 50% of the faculty are adjuncts...

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How the Media Plays the GOP's Game

(4) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 6:47 AM

Back at the height of the birther craziness, which the GOP aided and abetted, Donald Trump supposedly sent a team of investigators to Hawaii. This is what he reported:

"I have people that have been studying it and they cannot believe what they're finding."
What did they...
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How Universities Drive Away Adjuncts

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 12:21 PM

You read stories all the time about adjunct college professors who quit because they're badly paid, worked too hard, don't have health insurance, and don't even have get decent office space. They love what they do, but eventually the negatives make their jobs impossible.

I hear adjuncts' stories...

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Is Joe Scarborough a Counter-Terrorism Expert?

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 7:25 AM

I switch back and forth between CNN and MSNBC for news over breakfast, but usually don't stay at the latter for long because Morning Joe can be such a swamp of narcissism.

Like today. The guest I caught was Malcolm Nance, author of Defeating Isis. Nance is a former Navy...

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Downton Abbey's Sentimental Farewell Left Barrow Out in the Cold

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 7:06 AM

Downton Abbey wasn't just wrapped up last night, it was swept away in a tsunami of schmaltz. Lady Mary did her Good Deed for the Century and brought happiness to her benighted sister who tried her best to undo it anyway. But despite her weepy equivocating, Edith now has wealth,...

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Why Do Smart People Turn Stupid in Thrillers?

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2016 | 9:54 AM

For a long time I was the crime fiction reviewer at the Detroit Free Press and I loved my work because I'd been reading mysteries and thrillers for years. I still do, and I have my own series set at a fictional Michigan university.

I usually got...

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My Facebook Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2016 | 6:25 AM

In January, Facebook was working my last nerve, so I decided to avoid it for a full month (except for a private group with extremely limited posts).

What happened?

I did not miss the people posting fake heartwarming quotations by Hemingway, Oscar Wilde or any other famous writer...

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The Finale That Downton Abbey Badly Needs

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 6:36 AM

As the HMS Downton Abbey nears the end of her final voyage, everyone has found a home or is finding one.

Carson has a Mrs. Carson. Daisy has a Daddy and a school career ahead. Edith is bound to have the newly minted Marquess rush back from Tangiers saying...

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Joe Scarborough: Tear Down Your Walls!

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2016 | 7:16 AM

Responding to Pope Francis's remark that "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian," Joe Scarborough, the master of media mediocrity, tweeted the photo below with this message "Pope Francis, tear down that wall!" #vaticanwalls :

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GOP Threeway: Lindsay Graham, Putin and George Bush

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 11:33 AM

After the most recent explosive GOP debate where Donald Trump called out George Bush on the Iraq war and the lies about Iraq's WMD, Senator Lindsay Graham had some choice words:

This man [Trump] embraces [Russian President Vladimir] Putin as a friend. The market in the Republican primary for people...
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