In this episode Elliott Earls looks to the historical models articulated by Chaim Potok and James Joyce to gain insight into culture making in 2016. Books referenced in this Episode: “My Name Is Asher Lev” by Chaim Potok and “Portrait of The Artist As Young Man” by James Joyce.
This is what Wikipedia has to say about Asher Lev: “My Name Is Asher Lev is a novel by Chaim Potok, an American author and rabbi. The book’s protagonist is Asher Lev, a Hasidic Jewish boy in New York City. Asher is a loner with artistic inclinations. His art, however, causes conflicts with his family and other members of his community. The book follows Asher’s maturity as both an artist and a Jew.”
Elliott Earls has discussed the novel and its themes in relationship both to his work as well as the role of the artist/designer in contemporary culture.