By Mark Weiss
Barbara Myerhoff's groundbreaking paintings in reflexivity and narrative ethnography broke with culture by way of focusing now not at the uncooked ethnographic information, yet on her interplay with these she studied. Myerhoff's unfinished initiatives, together with her ultimate talks on storytelling, ritual, and the "culture of getting older and Yiddishkeit," supply a magisterial precis of her life's work.
"The fantastic thing about Stories as apparatus for Living is the standard of being a compilation of rescued fragments, bits and items of an exceptional master's writing and considering that have been coming in the direction of synthesis yet had by no means reached a complete shape ahead of her dying. This assortment is an exam of where of narrative in human lifestyles, the unreal nature of tradition and the consistent look for visibility quite via these relegated for one cause or one other to the margins. A thought-provoking e-book necessary of prolonged reflection."
---Jack Kugelmass, Professor of Anthropology and Director of Jewish reports, college of Florida
"Stories as apparatus for Living achieves a pleasant stability among retaining Myerhoff's paintings in its unique shape and reconstructed contexts, yet offering it in a way suitable to readers a iteration after her loss of life. The publication records Myerhoff's becoming involvement with Jewish tradition, the particular technique of anthropological paintings via box notes, and the image of the way she constantly used to be bouncing the ins and outs of this mixed specialist and private enterprise off the 'big questions' of anthropology in its broadest sense."
---Harvey E. Goldberg, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew college, Israel
"These essays seize the rhythm of Barbara Myerhoff's phrases and her shiny and special educate of inspiration, bringing the reader into the school room of 1 of anthropology's most interesting academics. As an anthropologist with a poet's reward for language, she makes use of the instruments of ethnography and outstanding powers of observation---a outstanding 'ethnographic eye'---to discover the outward expressions and internal lives of the Fairfax local of L.A. those tales aren't in basic terms excellent introductions to the examine of tradition, yet offer of their revelations a cause of learning it. they're required studying for somebody passionate to understand what an anthropologist can educate us approximately groups and finally approximately ourselves."
---Steve Zeitlin, Director, urban Lore: the recent York middle for city people Culture
"Master of the 3rd voice, the voice of collaboration, Myerhoff is without delay a consummate listener and encouraged storyteller. This booklet bargains an extraordinary and luminous commencing into the operating technique and knowledge of 1 of the nice anthropologists of the 20 th century."
---Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Professor of functionality experiences at manhattan college and coauthor of They referred to as Me Mayer July: Painted stories of a Jewish formative years in Poland sooner than the Holocaust
"Myerhoff and her collaborators have given her 'Hasidim,' her disciples previous and new, a last and invaluable gift."
---Jonathan Boyarin, The Robert M. Beren distinct Professor of recent Jewish reports on the college of Kansas and writer of Thinking in Jewish
Barbara Myerhoff used to be a well known anthropologist who did pioneering paintings in gerontology, Jewish experiences, folklore, and narrative anthropology. She is healthier identified for her ethnography of and private involvement with a neighborhood of aged immigrant Jews in California. Her writings and lectures have had a big effect on all of those parts of analysis, and her books are generally celebrated, specifically Number Our Days, whose significant other documentary movie gained an Academy Award.
Marc Kaminsky is a psychotherapist, a poet, a author, and the previous codirector of the Institute on Humanities, Arts and getting older of the Brookdale middle on Aging.
Mark Weiss is a author, an editor, a translator, and a poet; his books comprise the generally praised Across the Line/Al Otro Lado.
Deena Metzger is a novelist, a poet, and the founding codirector (with Marc Kaminsky) of the Myerhoff Center.
Thomas R. Cole is the Beth and Toby Grossman Professor and Director of the McGovern middle for well-being, Humanities, and the Human Spirit on the collage of Texas health and wellbeing technological know-how middle in Houston, and a Professor of Humanities within the division of spiritual experiences at Rice college; his services lies within the historical past of getting older and humanistic gerontology.
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