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Friday, October 14, 2005

J-Blog Review Part II (Just Steg)

One of my dream jobs is to be a book reviewer.
Imagine getting paid to sit around reading stacks of books all day and then writing up your assessment of them. I'm nearly swooning just thinking about it.

Until that day comes I'll keep practicing.
I enjoyed writing the first J-Blog review (at least as much as my readership seemed to have enjoyed reading it) plus it gives me more of an excuse to spend time reading blogs.

Anyway on with the show:

I only have time to review one blog today and so I have chosen.....

Steg and I have been co-commenters on the J-blog scene for quite some time now. When it comes to being "reasonable" we are a close match. His self described mini-blog delves into a variety of not-so-mini topics from dikduk, to diverse Jewish experiences, to parachuting cows and exploding shofars.
An educator both on and off blog his modest style belies a great wealth of knowledge on many topics as well as sharp mind.
I don't know if it's his fearlessness, his overt geekiness, his eclectic nature, or his sense of humor that does it for me, but Steg, I think I have a blog-crush on you...
If I was single and 10 years younger I'd definately want to be on this man's "checklist checklist!"


At 6:13 PM, Blogger dilbert said...

nice, but what does that Yiddish stuff after his name MEAN?

At 8:49 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

"Steg" means "way" and the stuff after it means "this is not the way." Seems a little Magritte like to me...

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Whoa, thanks so much! I'm completely flattered and flustered by your review!

Do you mind if i take quotes from it and put them into my 'sidebar'?

I'm really speechless, so i'm going to stop blabbering now, except to tell dilbert that you're right. To be specific, Dilbert, the Yiddish word shteg (which i like writing "šteg") means "way/path", and Steg (a[n RL] nickname of mine) happens to sound like it.

A google search revealed the Magritte is the artist who made the painting of the man with the apple in front of his face, but i don't know much (read: anything) about him. How is it Magritte-like?

At 11:52 AM, Blogger Mar Gavriel said...


Schifro is referring to the dozens of paintings that Magritte painted of a tobacco pipe, with the words "Ceci n'est pas une pipe", "this here is not a pipe", written underneath. Magritte's point is that the painting of a pipe is a painting, not a pipe.

At 11:54 AM, Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

PS: Shifra, check your e-mail.

At 1:04 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

Good Job on catching my reference Mar Gavriel!

I'll check your blog soon.
I'm in a little over my head today with a lot more guests than I planned for on their way!!!

Steg-the quotes are all yours, enjoy!

At 1:56 PM, Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Nice, well deserved praise. I like Steg's blog, even though I don't comment there much (ever?)

Also, liked the original post of blog reviews. Some in there I like. Some I don't get.

"Be Ta'am Va'Reach Ein LeHitvakeach."

At 4:04 PM, Blogger sarah said...

With all due respect, I'm prety sure "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" is not a reference to it being a painting (and not pipe) but rather a very phallic image (and not pipe).

Magritte was into that sort of thing.

At 4:30 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

That's not what it said in MY art history book! But an interesting theory... That pipe looked WAAAAY to curvy to be a phallic symbol if you ask me!

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