Glückel of Hameln is quite emphatic about her purpose when she takes to writing a memoir in 1690 ("the year of Creation 5451," as she calls it, referring to the Hebrew calendar). "I am not writing this book in order to preach," she promises her dozen children, to whom she addresses the tome, but rather "to drive away the melancholy that comes with the long nights." The three artists who have newly adapted the digressive diary—the only premodern Yiddish text by a woman—may also drive away a good share of melancholy with their avant-garde, boho-balladeering,... More >>>