Alan Kaufman, the Bronx-born son of a French-Jewish Holocaust survivor, is author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel. Kaufman's writings are subversive articulations of extreme outsiderness.
In Shadow of No Towers, my latest symphony, asks why, in our bickering, so much of the world's paranoid discourse has to do with domination, misunderstanding and the gross exaggeration of our differences at the expense of our shared humanity.
Even in the age of terrorism, the terror of the last century's Holocaust has not lost its hold on the artistic imagination. As the victims of the Shoah are remembered at the United Nations and in synagogues worldwide, films continue to shed light on that darkest hour of the twentieth century.
NATO?! Whatever. The big news of the weekend was the three-day conference at the University of Chicago's new Logan Arts Center, "Comics: Philosophy and Practice," where some of the greatest comics artists and graphic novelists took the stage.