Sad news: Rep. Tom Lantos has passed away.
Rachel Aviv interviews poet Samuel Menashe for Nextbook.
Lucette Lagnado has won the $100,000 2008 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. I've been meaning to read her prizewinning memoir, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World. Now I know I have to.