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Two On the Aisle: A Judaic American Tale of Romance and Creative Dreams | David Horowitz
Monday, April 29, 2019 - 3:00pm
Two On the Aisle: A Judaic American Tale of Romance and Creative Dreams | David Horowitz

Monday, April 29th | 3pm
Smith Memorial Student Union | RM 327

Professor David A. Horowitz and Gloria E. Myers offer a dramatized presentation of literary and narrative readings from the newly released biography of Nathan and Dorothy Horowitz featuring photos and recorded selections from the Gershwin songbook.

 

David A. Horowitz's Two on the Aisle: A Judaic American Tale of Romance and Creative Dreams, is a hybrid cultural history and family chronicle that traces the aspirations, experiences, and creative works of the author’s parents, in an account encompassing many of the central themes and contradictions of twentieth-century American and Jewish history and identity. The story describes how two offspring of Eastern European immigrants combined a struggle for material security with literary efforts that blended Yiddish-flavored humor, social compassion, religious devotion, and secular concerns with piercing meditations on life’s disappointments and fragility. While sampling fragments of the couple’s three-act play that enjoyed a brief run off-Broadway in the 1950s and excerpts from published poetry, short stories, sketches, and essays, Two on the Aisle draws on an archive of correspondence, journal entries, and unpublished work.
 

David A. Horowitz is the author of The People’s Voice: A Populist Cultural History of Modern America (2008) and a memoir titled Getting There: An American Cultural Odyssey (2015). A native of the West Bronx and Long Island, New York, graduate of Antioch College, and University of Minnesota PhD., Professor Horowitz has taught U.S. cultural and political history at Portland State since 1968 and lives with his wife, Gloria E. Myers, in Portland and Arch Cape, Oregon.