Children liked Kafka, and he liked them. He was comfortable around children and - I suspect - children looked upon Kafka as a big, kinda odd, kid himself. He doted on his nieces and nephews (one of the few things he had in common with this father). And Kafka was playful, for there was much to enjoy in life - except life itself. [DE]
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EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Orthodox Jewish Author & Poet, Matthue RothRoth discusses his upcoming children’s book “My First Kafka”
Inspired by Franz Kafka’s greatest works.
By: Ashley Baylen
Matthue Roth is a Hasidic author, slam poet, and screenwriter. He is the editorial director of G-dcast.com, a website providing fun animations of Torah stories, and currently a full-time grad student in Brooklyn College's fiction program. Did we mention that all of these endeavors are done in his “spare time”? Roth works a full-time day job as a video game designer.
His first book, ‘Never Mind the Goldbergs’ was named a Best Book for the YA market by the New York Public Library, nominated as a Best Book by the American Library Association, and named a Popular Paperback in Religion by the ALA. It tells the story of 17-year old Orthodox Jewish girl, Hava Aaronson, as she spends a summer in Hollywood- her first experience living outside her Jewish community in New York City.
After the success of ‘Never Mind the Goldbergs’, Roth penned a memoir entitled ‘Yom Kippur a Go-Go’, exploring his journey from punk rock kid to Orthodox Jew. He’s also written supermodel spy caper ‘Candy in Action’ and a cover of ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ starring Russian Jewish immigrants titled ‘Losers’.
‘My First Kafka’, Roth’s upcoming book due for a June release, is a beautifully illustrated (by artist Rohan Daniel Eason) adaptation of Franz Kakfa’s classic stories for children of all ages.
Roth and his wife, Itta, live in Brooklyn with their children. He keeps a secret diary atwww.matthue.com.