Barbara Myerhoff's groundbreaking paintings in reflexivity and narrative ethnography broke with culture via focusing now not at the uncooked ethnographic facts, 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 apparatus for Living is the standard of being a compilation of rescued fragments, bits and items of an exceptional master's writing and pondering that have been coming in the direction of synthesis yet had by no means reached a comprehensive shape ahead of her demise. This assortment is an exam of where of narrative in human existence, the unreal 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 e-book necessary of prolonged reflection."
---Jack Kugelmass, Professor of Anthropology and Director of Jewish experiences, college of Florida
"Stories as gear for Living achieves a pleasant stability among holding Myerhoff's paintings in its unique shape and reconstructed contexts, yet featuring it in a fashion suitable to readers a new release after her demise. The e-book files Myerhoff's turning out to be involvement with Jewish tradition, the particular means of anthropological paintings via box notes, and the image of the way she regularly used to be bouncing the bits and bobs of this mixed specialist 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 catch the rhythm of Barbara Myerhoff's phrases and her vibrant and particular teach of idea, bringing the reader into the study room of 1 of anthropology's best academics. As an anthropologist with a poet's present for language, she makes use of the instruments of ethnography and striking powers of observation---a amazing 'ethnographic eye'---to discover the outward expressions and internal lives of the Fairfax local of L.A. those tales aren't in simple terms wonderful introductions to the examine of tradition, yet supply of their revelations a explanation for learning it. they're required examining for a person passionate to understand what an anthropologist can train us approximately groups and eventually approximately ourselves."
---Steve Zeitlin, Director, urban Lore: the hot York heart for city folks Culture
"Master of the 3rd voice, the voice of collaboration, Myerhoff is instantly a consummate listener and encouraged storyteller. This booklet bargains an extraordinary and luminous establishing into the operating procedure and knowledge of 1 of the nice anthropologists of the 20 th century."
---Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Professor of functionality experiences at manhattan collage and coauthor of They known as Me Mayer July: Painted stories of a Jewish formative years in Poland ahead of the Holocaust
"Myerhoff and her collaborators have given her 'Hasidim,' her disciples outdated and new, a last and valuable gift."
---Jonathan Boyarin, The Robert M. Beren amazing Professor of contemporary Jewish stories on the college 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 healthier recognized for her ethnography of and private involvement with a neighborhood of aged immigrant Jews in California. Her writings and lectures have had an immense influence on all of those components of analysis, and her books are broadly celebrated, in particular Number Our Days, whose spouse documentary movie gained 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 comprise 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 future health, Humanities, and the Human Spirit on the college of Texas healthiness technology heart in Houston, and a Professor of Humanities within the division of spiritual experiences at Rice collage; his services lies within the historical past of getting older and humanistic gerontology.