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Michael Wex (born September 12, 1954) is a Canadian novelist, playwright, translator, lecturer, performer, and author of books on language and literature.[1] His specialty is Yiddish and his book Born to Kvetch was a surprise bestseller in 2005.[1] Wex lives in Toronto with his wife Marilla and daughter Sabina.[2]

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.[3]

Works[edit]

  • 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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Summer Yiddish Internship 2008: Yiddish Summer.org
  2. ^ Biography notes from his book covers
  3. ^ "Michael Wex", an interview by Wordsmith.org, December 5, 2005

External links[edit]



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Michael Wex: Don't Knock Me a Teakettle

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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.

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Michael Wex: In Time to Spit Out

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Jazz-Quad
Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:18:45 -0700

On October 23, Smithsonian Folkways will release The Brothers Nazaroff: The Happy Prince, a boisterous, high-energy tribute to cult Yiddish troubadour Nathan "Prince" Nazaroff, who recorded the mysterious Folkways 10-inch record Jewish Freilach Songs ...
 
New York Times
Tue, 27 Sep 2005 14:06:51 -0700

Born to Kvetch Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods By Michael Wex 303 pages. St. Martin's Press. $24.95. Most children watching "The Three Stooges" didn't realize it, but an understanding of Yiddish was required to get a lot of the jokes ...

New York Times

New York Times
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 03:52:30 -0700

The public face of New York's diamond district is Diamond and Jewelry Way, a block of 47th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues lined with dazzlingly lit shops and exchanges and cluttered by hawkers, hustlers, cops and couriers. But beyond these ...

Forward

Forward
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:57:41 -0700

In Born to Kvetch, Michael Wex summarizes the point of Yiddish as “the need or desire to talk Yiddish as distinct from goyish, Jewish instead of gentile.” Yiddish stripped German of the cultural assumptions the Christian Germans associated with it ...

The Virginian-Pilot (blog)

The Virginian-Pilot (blog)
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:15:00 -0700

... Larry King, comedian Freddie Roman, Yiddish theater song and dance man Fyvush Finkel, Dennis Howard, deli owner Jay Parker, humorist Michael Wex (who wrote a book called “Born to Kvetch”), Ziggy's brother J. Mackeye Gruber and, of course, Ziggy.

OCRegister

OCRegister
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:03:45 -0800

The experts quoted here range from Stiller and Larry King to deli historians and Canadian writer Michael Wex, who delivers that zinger about “schmaltz.” Watch this movie on an empty stomach and you may not make it to the credits. You'll be craving a ...

Jewish United Fund

Jewish United Fund
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:03:58 -0800

This is followed by appreciative remarks from Sheldon Harnick (the genius who wrote the lyrics to all the songs in Fiddler on the Roof), as well as Yiddish Theatre star Fyvush Finkel, and Michael Wex (author of the popular book Born to Kvetch: Yiddish ...
 
Huffington Post
Sun, 17 May 2015 13:48:45 -0700

While the usual suspects (Larry King, Freddie Roman, Jerry Stiller, Michael Wex, and the ever ebullient Fyvush Finkel) are on hand to offer testimonials, the protagonist of the film is Ziggy Gruber, a third-generation deli man who, as the owner of ...
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