by Kevin Coval


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Schtick by Kevin Coval

Schtick is a tale of Jewish assimilation and its discontents: a sweeping exposition on Jewish American culture in all its bawdy, contradictory, inventive glory. Exploring—in his own family and in culture and politics at large—how Jews have shed their minority status in the United States, poet Kevin Coval shows us a people’s transformation out of diaspora, landing on both sides of the color line.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608462704
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,073,395
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Kevin Coval is the author of ALA “Book of the Year” finalist Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica, Everyday People, and most recently, L-vis Lives! Racemusic Poems. Founder of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Teen Poetry Festival, Coval is the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors. He is a regular contributor to WBEZ Chicago Public Radio and teaches creative-writing at schools across the city.

Table of Contents

Schtick: an arse poetica 1

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Kike 5

Trans(atlantic)lation 6

Chosen 8

Mezuzah 10

Midrash of the body 12

Semite 14

Ben 15

The family business

The singer of songs 19

On becoming a man 21

Schtick (at eric's bar mitzvah) 24

The speech i should've written 28

At the Passover Seder 30

Ode to the gefilte fish 32

Hamotzi on thanksgiving 34

Rosh Hashanah in the Suburbs 37

Writing 40

Assimilation & its dis/contents

Treif 45

Why jews celebrate christmas 47

A christmas tale writes itself 48

No juden 49

Explaining Hanukkah 51

How jewish boys get irish names 53

Allegory of the jewish boy served pork at his friend's restaurant 57

An american parody: in parts

Un/doing the pyramids 63

Making it, more or less 65

Punch line 67

Remembering baby: an american parody (in parts) 70

Warhol Nose America 73

No Nose Job 74

Ode to the schnozz 76

Babs in Babylon 77


Shiksas 81

The merchant, the shiksa, and the american dream: the tropes of Debbie Does Dallas 83

Boxer 85

Assimilation nightmare #1 87

Assimilation nightmare #2 89

Inheritance 91

The find


George speaks




Don Rickles Roasts Ronald Reagan 101

Loaded 104

Allen ginsberg gets expelled from Columbia University for writing fuck the jews in dust on the windowsill of his dormitory 107

Dirty Names for Monica Lewinsky 109

Mean Woman 111

Nothing Sacred: Ode to Lenny Bruce 114

Midrash of Roseanne Singing the National Anthem 117


Tuesdays with mel gibson

Old testament one-liner (a &cgpL;&cgpH; coup) 125

Passion of the kike 126

Nazi pope 129

Henry ford wraps hitler's birthday present 130

Strange bedfellows: for american jews who no longer hyphenate their identity, vote republican, and think christians are down for the maintenance of our people 134

Derrick Asks to See My Horns 136

On the charge of deicide 139

The Centurion Classic 141

Deicide 144

The secret relationship between Blacks & jews

The Indefensible Al Jolson 147

On how jews became white 150

The white dream of irving berlin 153

Blonde ambition 156

Portrait with midrash of israel's favorite rapper 157

Avraham the Patriarch Was Black 159

The Break (Ocean Hill-Brownsville 1968) 162

Public Enemy #1 166

Louis Farrakhan Plays Felix Mendelssohn 168

The secret relationship between Blacks and jews 171

Jewtown 172

Don Rickles Roasts Sammy Davis Jr. 175

Talisman 177

The holocaust calls for its orthonym 180

48-hour ars poetica 183

All the pharoahs must fall

Self-hating jew 189

What it's like to be the disagreeable grandson of zionists 190

Why i stopped going to shul 191

Explaining myself 195

Reflection on the Israeli Army Shutting Down the Palestine Festival of Literature in the Month of May in 2009: Burning Books, a Bebelplatz in Jerusalem 197

Portrait of a slumlord 201

Now's the Time to Be Fresh 203

Shiksa angel 205

All the pharaohs must fall 206

What will i tell my jewish kids 209


Post-schtick 215

Acknowledgments 217

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