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The Shawl

The Shawl

by Cynthia Ozick

Just as you can’t grasp anything without an opposable thumb, you can’t write anything without the aid of metaphor. Metaphor is the mind’s opposable thumb.


Cynthia Ozick (Copyright Nancy Crampton)

Excerpt from Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (1988), performed by Jeno Jandó (piano), used courtesy of Naxos USA.

Excerpts from "Abîme des oiseaux," "Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus," and "Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes," from Olivier Messiaens Quartet for the End of Time (2001), performed by the Amici Ensembe, used courtesy of Naxos USA.

Excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 ("Pathetique"),: Adagio – Allegro non troppo," performed by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Antoni Wit (conductor), used courtesy of Naxos USA.

Excerpts from A Song for Silenced Voices: Andante and Quasi cadenza, from Micahel Cohen's I Remember (1999), © used courtesy of Newport Classic.

"Raisins and Almonds" by Trudie Richman from Lullaby and Goodnight, FW07572, provided courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, © 1978. Used by permission.

Excerpts from "Gasa Nign" and "Freilach," by Elaine Hoffman Watts with Susan Watts, from I Remember Klezmer (2003), © used with permission of Elaine Hoffman Watts.

Original sound effects by Brent Findley at Sonic Magic Studios, Culver City, CA.

Writer and Producer: Adam Kampe

Executive Producer: Dan Stone

Passages read from The Shawl, by Cynthia Ozick (1989), used with permission of HighBridge Company.

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