Widow magazine, fall 1975
Following the publication of Schildtkraut in
Epoch, the editor of The Widow, Cornell’s
humor magazine, called me and asked if I had anything else.
I sent him Berlinsky for their
fall ’75 issue. I recently reread it for
the first time in close to 30 years, and discovered that
several of its ideas reappear in Minyan.
Both works, for
example, make mention of those little hotdogs wrapped in
dough that were a favorite hors d’oeuvre at the Jewish
celebrations of my youth. I only recently discovered that
this is what Gentiles call “pigs in blankets.” And
certainly the voice is very similar. It may well be the only
fiction voice I have. Also, what seemed a clever and original
idea back then — the idea of personalized birthday
cards — is
now a common sight at Hallmark.