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A. Jay Adler did his graduate studies at Columbia University and is currently Adjunct Professor of English at California State University, Dominguez Hills and Lecturer in English at El Camino College. He is also contributing poetry editor at West Magazine. Adler writes in all genres, including poetry, drama, screenwriting, fiction, and essay. His journalism has appeared in DoubleTake and Tikkun, his essays on film in Bright Lights Film Journal, Senses of Cinema, and The Fortnightly Review, and his writing on Native America has been anthologized in Global Viewpoints: Indigenous Peoples. Adler is the featured writer in the forthcoming issue of Footnote: a Journal of Literary History. He blogs on politics, ideas, and culture at the sad red earth. His most recent writing on Israel, "Academic Boycotts and Re-Colonization by Theory," appears at Scholars for Peace in The Middle East.

ARTICLES BY: A. Jay Adler


April 3, 2014 6:27 am
3

The Third Narrative: Not So Third, Not a Narrative, Not New

I regret to say that a fair number of people I respect (and some not so much) have signed on to a statement about the...

February 11, 2014 1:43 am
14

A Misguided Argument About Anti-Semitism

In the Wall Street Journal of February 3, Harvard's Ruth R. Wisse published an Op-Ed titled "The Dark Side of the War on 'the One...

December 30, 2013 8:25 am
10

Wrong on Both Counts: Academic Boycotts and Israel

Statements rejecting calls for an academic boycott of Israel, such as that recently resolved by the academic American Studies Association, generally resort fully only to...

September 9, 2013 9:45 am
2

Forgetfulness is a Chemical Weapon

Something fails to fire. Across the synaptic gap, neurotransmission falls short. For only a moment or forever, we cease to remember - -- "as if," Billy...

July 25, 2013 7:58 am
3

Helen Thomas and Oedipus

On CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday morning, new host David Folkenflik hosted three female journalists, including Judy Woodruff, Ann Compton, and Candy Crowley in considering the...

July 12, 2013 6:35 am
3

‘Blowback’ and the Rhetoric of Revenge

Terror apologia begins by denying the very meaning of the word terrorism, but slyly redirects the charge at the Western nations that use the word....

June 20, 2013 6:30 am
7

“It goes without saying”: the Further Rhetoric of Terrorist Apologia

When the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, then with Salon, interviewed Rene Brulin in 2010, the purpose of the conversation was to discuss Brulin's research into the...

June 10, 2013 8:27 am
2

The United States of Securitopia

How bad is the administration's defense of its just revealed telephone and internet surveillance programs? Pretty bad. Mind you, that question does not address the programs themselves....

June 3, 2013 1:44 am
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Notes Toward a Terror Apologist’s Rhetoric (Abridged but Unexpurgated)

You have probably noticed that an enormous amount of public debate is repetition. It gets to the point - you hear the same arguments often...

May 17, 2013 8:20 am
1

Drones and the Human Agency of War

Joshua Foust has written at Foreign Policy a misleadingly titled essay, "A Liberal Case for Drones." I think there is such a case, but this...

May 3, 2013 9:07 am
3

A Campaign of Willful Blindness on Terrorism

On April 15, 2013 at 2:49 p.m. two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Most of us know the details, more...

April 23, 2013 1:52 pm
7

The Boston Marathon Bombing and America’s So-Called Faith Privilege

The Boston Marathon bombing provoked enactment of what has emerged, since 9/11, as a ritual of political theater refined even beyond its long history of...

February 22, 2013 10:32 am
6

Lessons from Brooklyn College BDS, Barghouti, and Butler

Reader and correspondent David Lurie has directed me to some not well-publicized revelations about the Brooklyn College BDS event. To begin, the campus BDS chapter...

February 15, 2013 12:29 am
8

Response to Judith Butler at Brooklyn College

The ironic and the disingenuous are kin. Their commonality resides in a gap, which is the distance between what is said and something else. With...

Culture

Israel’s Other Founding Fathers and a Vanquished World

Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel by Matti Friedman (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2019). “Time...

Supermodel Karlie Kloss Confirms She Converted to Judaism Before Marrying Joshua Kushner

Supermodel Karlie Kloss confirmed for the first time publicly that she...

A Ballad in the Key of Four Generations of Survival

JNS.org - This is deeply personal. But what I have experienced should resonate with the entire Jewish community — the one...

Features

Albert Einstein’s Brilliance, Humor, and Literal Connection to Israel

JNS.org - One thing is for sure: While the writing on the pages...

Jewish Singer Uses Music to Get Through a Rocky Road

In the age of streaming music, releasing an album with 21 songs might not be the best business move. Giving...

Volunteers Bond with Residents at ‘Special’ Center in the Negev

JNS.org - When Nina Paul first visited ALEH Negev Nahalat-Eran several years ago,...

World

Sources: US-Backed Forces Capture Syria Suspects Tied to American Deaths

US-backed forces have captured Islamic State fighters tied to a January suicide bombing in Syria that killed four Americans, US officials say, generating concrete leads for Washington about the deadliest...

Israel

El Al to Offer Direct Flights Between Tel Aviv and Chicago

JNS.org - El Al will be offering direct flights between Tel Aviv and Chicago starting in 2020, stated Israel’s flag carrier last week in its quarterly earnings report. This development comes as...

Middle East

Turkey Escalates Crackdown on Dissent Six Years After Gezi Protests

Unzile Aksakoglu struggles to explain to her seven-year-old daughter why her father Yigit has spent four months in jail and may never leave, because of his alleged role in mass...

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