Leviticus lite

Posted by Rick Klaw on April 1, 2010


As promised, my review of The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals ran in the March 30 San Antonio Current.

This short (92 pages) compendium of mythical creatures – ranging from the abumi-guchi to the Ziz – features illustrations by designer John Coulthart and short descriptions followed by a humorous discourse between Ann VanderMeer and her husband’s blogging alter ego, Evil Monkey. Written in a conversational style, the occasionally self-referential entries often site “experts,” such as Jorge Luis Borges and Gustave Flaubert, as well as texts including the Old Testament and the Etz Hayim. Each account concludes with symbol denoting the creature’s potential kosherness.

The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals makes for some delicious bathroom (or busstop) reading for Jews and gentiles alike. And for the uninformed out there, cholent is a traditional hearty Jewish stew that simmers for 12 hours or more. You’ll thank me later.

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Categories: Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, San Antonio Current, The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals, review
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