The Forward‘s got the scoop on novelist Jonathan Safran Foer’s next writing projects. The first is a continuation to his vegetarian activism:
Over the course of 2006, Foer spoke to specialists in biology, farming, ethics and nutrition as he drove around America visiting farms of all shapes, sizes and smells, those ranging from the small-scale organic to the industrial and downright toxic. He is chronicling his road adventure and the ecological crisis he observed in a new nonfiction book that looks to be a sort of muckraking cross between Edward Abbey and a modern version of Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle.”
The second is a new kind of Passover Haggadah:
â€œPassover is the jewel in the crownâ€? of Judaism, Foer said, arguing that we donâ€™t hold â€œcapital Jâ€? Jewish books like the Haggadah to the same literary standards as â€œlowercase jâ€? books, like a Philip Roth novel, when we should.
â€œThereâ€™s no reason we canâ€™t make this book as good,â€? he said. â€œThe themes are so important, so relevant, so exciting. The stories â€” everybody knows the stories, [from] the 10 plagues to the parting of the Red Sea. They have so much resonance, and this is an opportunity for artists to do something with them. The Haggadah begs us to make it new.” (MORE)
Pronounced: huh-GAH-duh or hah-gah-DAH, Origin: Hebrew, literally “telling” or “recounting.” A Haggadah is a book that is used to tell the story of the Exodus at the Passover seder. There are many versions available ranging from very traditional to nontraditional, and you can also make your own.