Barbara Myerhoff's groundbreaking paintings in reflexivity and narrative ethnography broke with culture by way of focusing no longer at the uncooked ethnographic information, yet on her interplay with these she studied. Myerhoff's unfinished tasks, together with her ultimate talks on storytelling, ritual, and the "culture of getting older and Yiddishkeit," provide a magisterial precis of her life's work.
"The great thing about Stories as gear for Living is the standard of being a compilation of rescued fragments, bits and items of a good master's writing and considering that have been coming in the direction of synthesis yet had by no means reached a comprehensive shape sooner than her demise. This assortment is an exam of where of narrative in human existence, the factitious nature of tradition and the consistent look for visibility really by means of these relegated for one cause or one other to the margins. A thought-provoking ebook helpful of prolonged reflection."
---Jack Kugelmass, Professor of Anthropology and Director of Jewish stories, collage of Florida
"Stories as apparatus for Living achieves a pleasant stability among holding Myerhoff's paintings in its unique shape and reconstructed contexts, yet providing it in a fashion appropriate to readers a new release after her dying. The booklet files Myerhoff's becoming involvement with Jewish tradition, the particular technique of anthropological paintings via box notes, and the image of ways she constantly was once bouncing the bits and bobs of this mixed expert and private enterprise off the 'big questions' of anthropology in its broadest sense."
---Harvey E. Goldberg, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew collage, Israel
"These essays trap the rhythm of Barbara Myerhoff's phrases and her bright and exact educate of notion, bringing the reader into the study room of 1 of anthropology's most interesting academics. As an anthropologist with a poet's present for language, she makes use of the instruments of ethnography and outstanding powers of observation---a outstanding 'ethnographic eye'---to discover the outward expressions and internal lives of the Fairfax local of L.A. those tales should not simply excellent introductions to the learn of tradition, yet supply of their revelations a cause of learning it. they're required analyzing for an individual passionate to grasp what an anthropologist can train us approximately groups and finally approximately ourselves."
---Steve Zeitlin, Director, urban Lore: the hot York middle for city folks Culture
"Master of the 3rd voice, the voice of collaboration, Myerhoff is instantly a consummate listener and encouraged storyteller. This publication bargains a unprecedented and luminous commencing into the operating technique and knowledge of 1 of the nice anthropologists of the 20 th century."
---Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Professor of functionality reports at manhattan collage and coauthor of They referred to as Me Mayer July: Painted thoughts of a Jewish formative years in Poland ahead of the Holocaust
"Myerhoff and her collaborators have given her 'Hasidim,' her disciples previous and new, a last and useful gift."
---Jonathan Boyarin, The Robert M. Beren wonderful Professor of recent Jewish experiences on the collage of Kansas and writer of Thinking in Jewish
Barbara Myerhoff used to be a well known anthropologist who did pioneering paintings in gerontology, Jewish reports, folklore, and narrative anthropology. She is better recognized for her ethnography of and private involvement with a neighborhood of aged immigrant Jews in California. Her writings and lectures have had an incredible impression on all of those components of analysis, and her books are extensively celebrated, in particular Number Our Days, whose spouse documentary movie received an Academy Award.
Marc Kaminsky is a psychotherapist, a poet, a author, and the previous codirector of the Institute on Humanities, Arts and getting older of the Brookdale heart on Aging.
Mark Weiss is a author, an editor, a translator, and a poet; his books contain the commonly praised Across the Line/Al Otro Lado.
Deena Metzger is a novelist, a poet, and the founding codirector (with Marc Kaminsky) of the Myerhoff Center.
Thomas R. Cole is the Beth and Toby Grossman Professor and Director of the McGovern middle for well-being, Humanities, and the Human Spirit on the collage of Texas healthiness technological know-how middle in Houston, and a Professor of Humanities within the division of non secular stories at Rice collage; his services lies within the background of getting older and humanistic gerontology.