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.
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 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", 2 fun 4 (Michael Wex)
יוסף אָפּאַטאָשו, אין פּױלישע װעלדער צװײטער טײל מײַקל װעקס דער לײענזאַל Leyenzal - A Yiddish Literacy Project.
Hasidic Wife-Swapping Orgies?!? Michael Wex - Yiddish
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/new-authorized-translation-of-a-classic-yiddish-novel-into-english/x/3131567 - Joseph Opatoshu's 1921 Yiddish novel, "In th...
Michael Wex on Pesach Dishes
Michael Wex at the Paper Bridge Summer Arts Festival, National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA. July 10, 2008.
Morning Jew Ep. 41: Born to Kvetch author Michael Wex (7-10-14)
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Klez Kamp 2006: Michael Wex in Staff Concert
Klez Kamp 2006: Michael Wex in Staff Concert Videography & Editing by Meredith Holch.
Sat, 01 Nov 2014 17:00:55 -0700
Michael Wex's book, Born To Kvetch, attributes this innate love for winding each other up to religion. The Talmud inspires argument and is inspired by argument – or, more particularly, complaining. Wex says: "They kvetch in Egypt and in the desert. No ...
Cleveland Jewish News
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:03:45 -0700
(Michael Wex, “Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All Its Moods,” St. Martin's Press, New York, N.Y. 2005; page 151). • “A kaptsn shouldn't get his hopes up ... Life stopped him before he could get started, taught him the taste of hunger ...
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.
Thu, 10 Nov 2011 04:05:09 -0800
Halfway through an article about immigration fraud in the erev Sukkot edition of the Globe and Mail, Canada's leading daily, I realized that its subject, Earl Seth David, aka Rabbi Avraham David, had been sitting right in front of me in shul for the ...
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 11:31:47 -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 ...
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