Michael Wex (born September 12, 1954) is a Canadian novelist, playwright, translator, lecturer, performer, and author of books on language and literature. His specialty is Yiddish and his book Born to Kvetch was a surprise bestseller in 2005. Wex lives in Toronto with his wife Marilla and daughter Sabina.
Michael Wex was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada to a family of descendants of Rebbes of Ciechanów and Stryków. He has taught at the University of Toronto and the University of Michigan.
- The Frumkiss Family Business. Toronto: Knopf Canada, 2010. ISBN 978-0-307-39776-8
- How to Be a Mentsh (and Not a Shmuck). Harper, 2009. ISBN 978-0-061-77111-8
- Just Say Nu: Yiddish for Every Occasion (When English Just Won't Do). New York: St. Martin's Press, 2007. ISBN 0-312-36462-8
- Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language And Culture in All Its Moods. Publisher: St. Martin's Press (September 1, 2005). ISBN 0-312-30741-1
- Born to Kvetch (Audio CD). ISBN 0-06-113122-9
- Shlepping the Exile, 1993, ISBN 0-88962-542-5
- The Adventures of Micah Mushmelon, Boy Talmudist. 2007.
- Die Abenteuer des Micah Mushmelon, kindlicher Talmudist (dt. von Heiko Lehmann, Wagenbach 2005)
- Classic Yiddish Stories of S.Y. Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem, and I.L. Peretz. (Michael Wex, translator) 2004. ISBN 0-8156-0760-1
- The Wishing-Ring by S.Y. Abramovitsh (Michael Wex, translator). 2003. ISBN 0-8156-3035-2
- God in Paris (performance)
- Sex in Yiddish (performance)
- Judenverwolkung, or Meshiekh's Tsaytn (performance)
- I Just Want to Jewify (The Yiddish Revenge on Wagner) (performance)
The Art of the Kvetch: Jewish Humor as Secularism | The New School
Jewish Studies at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts | http://www.newschool.edu/lang/jewish-studies The modern tradition of Jewish humor eme...
Michael Wex: Don't Knock Me a Teakettle
Michael Wex at the Paper Bridge Summer Arts Festival, National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA. July 10, 2008..
Olive TV: Michael Wex
Michael Wex, author of Born to Kvetch and the forthcoming Just Say Nu, talks about his books and answers our questions.
Michael Wex Indiegogo
Michael Wex, bestselling author of Born to Kvetch, is enlisting reader support for a translation of a classic Yiddish novel that he wants to publish free of ...
Yoysef Opatoshu, "In poylishe velder", 1 fun 4 (Michael Wex)
יוסף אָפּאַטאָשו, אין פּױלישע װעלדער ערשטער טײל מײַקל װעקס דער לײענזאַל Leyenzal - A Yiddish Literacy Project.
Michael Wex - Born to Kvetch
Author of the bestselling book on Yiddish ever - Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods - novelist, playwright, lecturer, performer...
Yoysef Opatoshu, "In poylishe velder", 3 fun 4 (Michael Wex)
יוסף אָפּאַטאָשו, אין פּױלישע װעלדער דריטער טײל מײַקל װעקס דער לײענזאַל Leyenzal - A Yiddish Literacy Project.
Morning Jew Ep. 41: Born to Kvetch author Michael Wex (7-10-14)
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Michael Wex on Pesach Dishes
Michael Wex at the Paper Bridge Summer Arts Festival, National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA. July 10, 2008.
Yoysef Opatoshu, "In poylishe velder", 2 fun 4 (Michael Wex)
יוסף אָפּאַטאָשו, אין פּױלישע װעלדער צװײטער טײל מײַקל װעקס דער לײענזאַל Leyenzal - A Yiddish Literacy Project.
New York Times
Mon, 26 Sep 2005 17:00:00 -0700
Most children watching "The Three Stooges" didn't realize it, but an understanding of Yiddish was required to get a lot of the jokes. In one episode, when Larry hears that Moe is heading to a hockshop, he says, "While you're there, hock me a tshaynik.
Globe and Mail
Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:34:55 -0700
As befitting the debut novel of a foremost, and very funny, authority on Yiddish language and culture, The Frumkiss Family Business is subtitled A Megilla in 14 Chapters. The best known megilla is the Book of Esther, which tells the story of Purim. But ...
New York Times
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:21:21 -0700
In “Born to Kvetch,” Michael Wex argues that “Yiddish started out as German for blasphemers.” Highlighting the subversive intent of Yiddish speakers, he notes that the expression “it didn't climb up and it didn't fly” was a covert refutation of the ...
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 11:22:30 -0700
... such familiar faces as author Bel Kaufman (Sholem Aleichem's granddaughter), Fyvush Finkel, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and comedian Gilbert Gottfried, this new documentary includes insights about Jewish humor from Michael Wex (author of Born to Kvetch).
JD Supra (press release)
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:18:19 -0700
This is case that has been more than two decades in the making. It began in the 1990s when inventor Gilbert Hyatt filed a California tax return showing that he relocated from California to Nevada. Consequently, he reported licensing payments for only ...
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:29:42 -0700
Michael Wex, author of the 2005 bestseller “Born to Kvetch,” has been friendly with Horowitz for years. When asked to play the role of narrator at a staged reading at KlezKanada last year, he jumped. “I liked the script quite a lot,” he recalls. “It's ...
San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:06:39 -0700
Michael Wex, author of “Born to Kvetch,” a best-selling book about Yiddish, is the narrator, and bass Anthony Russell plays Adam. San Francisco Choral Artists, directed by Magen Solomon, form the Hebrew version of a Greek chorus. Phil Blank created ...
San Jose Mercury News
Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:33:45 -0700
Michael Wex, the Yiddish expert and author of the best-seller "Born to Kvetch," serves as the story's narrator, while smoky soprano Heather Klein is a fierce and lascivious Lilith, and bass Anthony Russell plays the aggressively perplexed Adam. The 24 ...
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