Cultural Writing. A highly provocative and infinitely approachable book which confronts history with a generous act of imagination, as it presents us with a practical ethics for the present and for the future of the Israel-Palestine question.. The book's title responds to the writings of Palestinian author and human rights activist Raja Shehadeh, who has called for "rituals of truce" between Israelis and Palestinians, with the hope of finding "an other Israeli" in the process. With extraordinary nuance, sensitivity, and rare good sense, Israeli-born author Benjamin Hollander uses a collage-text approach, combining journal entries, news items, personal stories, citations, dialogues, aphorisms, poetry, real emails, virtual letters, and graphics, to arrive at two extended essays-in-fragments. Four-color cover based on Dani Karavan's "Passages," Port Bou, Spain.
Benjamin Hollander (1952-2016) lived for the past three decades in San Francisco, after moving there with his wife, Rosemary Manzo, in 1978. He taught English, Writing, and Critical Thinking, primarily at Chabot College, in Hayward. He passed away on November 21, 2016. His many books include The Book of Who Are Was (Sun and Moon), Levinas and the Police Part 1 (Chax), VIGILANCE (Beyond Baroque), RITUALS OF TRUCE AND OTHER ISRAELI (Parrhesia), In the House Un- American (Clockroot), and THE LETTERS OF CARLA, THE LETTER B: A MYSTERY IN POETRY (Chax Press).Author City: USA