David Mandler

Thoughts, feelings, reactions on Hungarian, American, Israeli, Jewish issues

ARMINIUS VAMBÉRY AND THE BRITISH EMPIRE: BETWEEN EAST AND WEST DISCOUNT CODE

I’m excited to let you know that my book, ARMINIUS VAMBÉRY AND THE BRITISH EMPIRE: BETWEEN EAST AND WEST is now available for a 30% discount (see flyer below for details). I would be hugely honored if you considered giving a copy as a gift to friends, family or that special somebody in your life. The most special somebody in you life is actually you! So, why not gift yourself first?

Publisher’s Blurb

“This book frames the fascinating life and influential works of the Hungarian Orientalist, Arminius Vambéry within the context of nineteenth century identity politics and contemporary criticisms of Orientalism. Based on extensive research, the book
authoritatively presents a comprehensive narrative of Arminius Vambéry’s multiple identities as represented in Hungary and in Great Britain. The author traces Vambéry’s development from a marginalized Jewish child to a recognized authority on Hungarian ethnogenesis as well as on Central Asian and Turkish geopolitical developments. Throughout the book, the reader meets Vambéry as the Hungarian traveler to Central Asia, the British and Ottoman secret agent, the mostly self-taught professor of Oriental languages, the political pundit, and the highly sought after guest lecturer in Great Britain known for his fierce Russophobe pronouncements. The author devotes special attention to the period that transformed Vambéry from a linguistically talented but penniless Hungarian Jewish youth into a pioneering traveler in the double-disguise of a Turkish
effendi masquerading as a dervish to Central Asia in 1863–64. In addition, the book also devotes significant space to Vambéry’s dynamic relationship to his most famous student, Ignác Goldziher (1850–1921), who is considered to be one of the founders of modern Islamic Studies. Lastly, Vambéry’s impact on Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, is also explored.”

To get discount, use code LEX30AUTH19 when ordering.

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Red Danube: A Poem for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day

                                                     Red Danube  

I still see my grandmother in a hospital bed
lost in noisy memories
thinking she's home
the youngest of eight

walking an hour to school
with three girlfriends and two boys
cracking jokes
throwing rocks into a mossy pond
her cramped feet massaged in the evenings
dressed up as Queen Esther
sitting in Papa's soft lap
lulled by his puffing pipe
listening to Berty's sobbing violin upstairs
four loaves of challah baking in the oven

She lies in bed
staring at the ceiling
nurses cold unfeeling
waiting for her to die

She falls silent
The bright light in the dark room
disturbs her eyes

Her eyelids forced shut
the world sinks beneath ponderous memories
Mother moans a morning lullaby
Rockabye
Rockabye

Noiselessly humming along
Bye-bye world bye-bye world
I'm leaving you behind
the blue Danube turns incarnadine
suffused with a deathwaltz of blood
and unfelt guilt

Berty's silent shoes stare back
from the naked river bank

It’s 1944 again
It’s 2010 again
It’s ALWAYS again

The cries of the blood-soaked violin
like legions of uncreated angels
hover along with her
above his phantom shoes

she’s lost
lost in eager silence

A poem by David Mandler in memory of Anna Rosenfeld (nee Lefkovics) (1923-2010) and the six million…(revised on April 30th and May 1st, 2019)

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College Essay Guidebook Video: Presenting Yourself in the Best Possible Light


Please consider posting this 42-second YouTube video on your social network or any special Facebook groups dedicated to the Class of 2020. Juniors should find my book very useful in preparing their college essays. Thanks in advance if you elect to post it.

Mit kell tenni? Rendszert váltani!

Szomorúan követem az ellenzék decemberben kirobbant s azóta felhígult akcióit. Mert habár az összefogás elvben működik, gyakorlatilag minden sikertelen akció, minden a kommunikációban egységtelen beszéd az ellenállás hatékonyságát sodorja veszélybe. Közben az óra ketyeg, “Mészáros Lőrinc” szinte mindent felfal, emberek halnak meg feleslegesen a lerobbant kórházakban, míg a Fidesz szalámizó gépezete egyre közelebb kerül minden olyan politikai vagy társadalmi formációhoz, amely Orbán Viktor hatalmát akár a legcsekélyebb formában is megkérdőjelezheti.

Amíg az ellenzék nem szembesíti az ország lakosságát azzal, hogy Magyarországon a demokráciának rég befellegzett, addig semmi esélyük. Amíg az ellenzék nem tudatosítja az ország lakosságában azt, hogy egyetlen közös cél mozgatja az ideiglenes összellenzéki összefogást, addig semmi esélyük. Ez a cél nem lehet más, mint egy olyan rendszerváltás, amely helyreállítja a demokráciát. Ezt az érthető követelést kell minden jövendő demonstráción hangoztatni.

Az ellenzék megosztottságának jeleit és jelképeit pedig azonnal száműzni kell. A jobbikos, MSZP-s, DK-s, és természetesen a megosztó Árpád-sávos zászlók helyett pedig csak egyetlenegy zászló lobogjon: a magyar zászló! Hiszen ezeket a tüntetéseket elsősorban nem pártpolitikai célok vezérlik. Ez Magyarország felszabadításáról szól.

Egy ismét szabad Magyarországot pedig kizárólag szabad választások útján lehet elképzelni. Nem ártana azt is érthetően megfogalmazni, hogy az ellenzék milyen módon teszi majd élhetőbbé a magyar állampolgárok mindennapjait egy olyan világban, ahol nem a vak lojalitás, hanem a szaktudás a nyertes, és ez miért lehetetlen a Fidesz (értsd Orbán Viktor) diktatórikus rendszerén belül.

Az első lépés viszont elkerülhetetlen: az ellenzéki pártoknak egységesen kell kiállni amellett, hogy ebben a rendszerben többet ők nem vesznek részt. Jelenleg az ellenzék ettől nagyon távol áll. Senki sem beszél még rendszerváltásról. Ahhoz, hogy odáig eljussanak, azonnal egy rendszerváltó kerekasztalt kell létrehozni. Abban az esetben, ha a tárgyalások során kiderül bármelyik ellenzéki csoportosulásról, hogy nem hajlandó írásban elkötelezni magát a NER bukása utáni rendszer alapvetően demokratikus szerkezete mellett, akkor az nem lehet partner ebben az erőfeszítésben.

A szabad média, illetve a napi eseményekről tárgyilagosan beszámoló közmédia része a tömegtájékoztatásnak. Tehát egy hatékony, alternatív tömegtájékoztatási rendszer kieszközölésére is hatalmas nagy szükség van.

Egyre több embernek nem tetszik a hirtelen meggazdagodott fidesznyik réteg pöffeszkedése, amely a kórházak, az oktatási rendszer, illetve a felsőoktatási rendszer szétverésével egyetemben képződött ki. Ha az ellenzéki pártok képtelenek mozgósítani ezeket az embereket, akkor vagy rosszul kommunikálnak, vagy nincs egységes üzenetük.

Nyilvánvaló: egy teljesen új, illetve egy teljesen újszerű ellenzékre van szükség. Egy olyan ellenzékre, amely a parlamenten kívül folytatja tevékenységeit. Egy olyan ellenzékre, amelynek vezető figurái nem félnek kimondani az igazságot, és mernek nagyot álmodni.

Mindenki számára világossá kell tenni azt, hogy az ellenzéki pártok összefogása egy nemes cél érdekében történik. Ez nem más, mint a NER eltörlése és a hatalmi ágak egyensúlyát garantáló alkotmányos demokrácia visszaállítása. Végül, de nem utolsósorban azt is világossá kell tenni, hogy amint ez megtörténik, ez az ideológiailag összeférhetetlen pártkoalíció megszűnik, és ismét a demokrácia szabályai szerint küzdenek majd meg a pártok a parlamenti mandátumok megszerzéséért szabad választásokon.

Tiszta lappal, elölről kezdve.

Mandler Dávid: Kelet és nyugat mezsgyéjén. Vámbéry Ármin és a Brit Birodalom című könyve 2014 ben jelent meg.

A Győztes

                                                                            A Győztes

Nyolcadikos korára rég velejébe döngette apja a harcot.
Fiam, Te szarkupac maradsz örökre, mondom én!
Kiverem belőled a gyáva jópofis makrancot.
Ember légy, s ne ócska skizofrén.

Futkározott balról jobbra a focipályán,
a szünetben nagyokat zabált s lihegett.
álmodta, eltörpül mellette professzor meg dékán,
s fentről nézi a játszinkék, bárányfelhős szép eget.

Kontrollálni mindent vagy meghalni,
más választása győztesnek nem lehet.
Győzelme állandó nem csupán alkalmi
ha piros-fehér-zölddel eteti be a nemzetet.

Mámorodban hitted, nem lehet silány demagóg,
Ő a balsorsod, ellenséged elűző világszám.
Nem láttad, örök harcban fortyog ellene a világ, Góg Magóg!
Odakinn Káin lapul, mondta, ám idebenn a Kánaán.

Itt vagyok, ragyogok! Szurokkal festek új társadalmat én is,
A törvény itt már csak én vagyok,
Felfalom a pacallal együtt a piacot, csapot-papot, és mondom mégis
Az okozat a hibás, s nem pedig az ok.

Gyomromban elfér még a szabad ég is.
Mészáros! Ölj le egy disznót, hadd csináljak magamnak ünnepi sonkát,
nyelvem ízleljen meg mindent mégis!
Úgy korlátozzon engem bárki, bármi, mint üvöltő vízesést roskadozó romgát.

Szájában anakonda nyelv nőtt, hasa vészesen dagadt,
Mindent lenyelt, mi rajta kívül állt.
S mihelyt gúnyosan kiáltozta: “sakk-matt, sakk-matt!”
Rögvest a régi rekedt hang lelkébe szmogként leszállt.

Fiam Te szarkupac maradsz örökre, mondom én!
Bár letörted hazug libsi bibsik siserehadát,
tapsol Neked lelkesen megvett fiatal és vén,
bár hajlong előtted ezernyi ember s véd a fakabát:

gyomrodban mégis gyilkosként morajlik tékozlott ifjúságod végbélszele.
S a kipukkadt, utolsóját vonagló bendődből felszisszent szabadság
egy reggel majd fintorgó, üres hazádat tölti éjjeli kéjjel tele.

© Mandler Dávid
New York, december 18, 2018

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College Applications and Parents: Becoming a Constructive Presence

As an involved parent of a high school senior, you can become a significant source of comfort (or stress) in the next few months as your child embarks on the long journey known as the college application process. With professional support services available at your school’s college office and guidance suites, you may be wondering about your role in the process. The most important way you can help your child is by establishing a supportive home environment, keeping your conversations about college positive and setting realistic goals. Let’s examine what concrete steps you can take to help your child succeed with as little unnecessary added stress as possible.

First, it’s important to have the right perspective on what is at stake: getting into a college that is the best fit for your child. Most people’s first instinct is to think of the so-called brand name colleges as if those were the only great schools available. Stepping back and considering what makes a college great may be an important preliminary step. For me, a great school is one that offers challenging, rigorous coursework in a challenging environment that helps open doors to graduate school or professional opportunities. Your view of what makes a school great may be different from mine and, more importantly, different from your child. Have a conversation with him or her to find out. It may change the way you feel and allow for the two of you to develop a common purpose. No matter the definition, many great choices exist outside of the brand name schools and your child will get into one of them.

Second, be prepared to do some homework. A Google search can reveal much about tuition costs, scholarships, loans, majors offered, the faculty, and the facilities available at universities and colleges with online presence. After you have narrowed down your choice to a diverse list of, say, five schools (from CUNY, SUNY, public and private), ask your child to do further research on schools of interest. Set some deadlines by which you want your child to obtain more detailed information on the schools in order to facilitate a meaningful conversation about each school. This way, your child will be able to develop a more informed opinion about the school of his or her top choices allowing for a clearer articulatation as to why s/he would like to attend one of them. Your discussions, then, can tackle the upsides and downsides of each school. The final list, according to a high school counselor colleague of mine with many years of experience, should be between 8 to 12 schools (2-3 safety schools, 5-7 target schools, and 2-3 reaches).

Third, encourage your child to begin working on the college essay right away. Producing polished essays and supplements is extremely time consuming. It will take months for the process to play out from start to finish. With grades for the first three years of high school and extracurricular activities already set in stone, the written piece is the only variable still under control. Since the college application is a holistic process—admissions officers weigh every facet of the applicants’ academic performance from grades, teacher recommendations, personality traits and other, often quite nebulous factors—individual admissions offices place varying degrees of importance on the college essay. Still, it’s fair to assume that a poorly written essay, riddled with grammatical errors or one with the wrong tone packed with unrealistic and generic moral messages can only cause serious harm while, conversely, an essay with a genuine voice that reveals something essential about the faceless applicant’s personality can only boost one’s chances of admission.

One of the unintended benefits of seniors focusing some energy on producing the college essay is that it gives a boost to their writing skills. For this to happen, students need some guidance. Specifically, they need to do a series of writing exercises, read successful college essays (and their draft progressions) with analysis, along with some tips on grammar and structure. You may be of much help. Purchase a college essay guidebook that contains all of the above. Beyond that, let your child do the actual work of writing and revising the essay. Read drafts only in case your child asks for your input. Let English teachers and guidance counselors read drafts and offer suggestions. If no such help is available at your child’s school, consider hiring a tutor who specializes in college essay writing.

The college application process places a lot of stress on everyone involved. Stay informed, but allow your child to do the work with the help of school counselors. A year from now, he or she will be getting ready to attend a school of his or her ultimate choice. By keeping yourself firmly grounded and projecting a positive, helpful aura, you can set the right home atmosphere for your already anxious teenager and, thereby, make a real difference.

David Mandler teaches English at Stuyvesant High School. His most recent book, “The College Essay Guidebook: Writing a Powerful Story about Yourself” is available on amazon.com. Click on this direct link to the book: http://a.co/d/2480cKP You may read his full biography and see his books on www.amazon.com/author/davidmandler and follow him on twitter @MandlerDr.

Niagara Falls, a Poem

                                                                   Niagara Falls

Free falling with a gasping, gurgling crash,
     reborn each second in mighty languor,
     a stretched out sheet of water, both confident and brash,
invisibly scraping the rocks in frothy anger,

You echo the wounded giant’s sound,
     as selfie-taking crowds size you up in wonder,
     desperate to cage you in, a howling hound,
taking your blithe murmurs for Zeus’ long-lost thunder.

Floating in the shadow of your glory,
     lost in joy, my messy ego turned to clear, viscous jelly,
     a leased skeleton with a finite story,
I tremble in darkness as dawn dances in my aching belly.

© David Mandler
July 27th, 2018, Niagara Falls, Canada
(Revised on August 1, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York)

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The Ivies Rejection Blues: Singing Your Own Song

So, that much anticipated and dreaded message from Ivy League School X Y and Z finally arrived informing you that, while your application was strong (you’re great, talented, and wonderful), the school has rejected your application due to the sheer number of qualified candidates. Good luck in your academic career.

Good luck? Go to hell. Is this why I’ve worked so hard for the last three years? Hell, no…for the last eight years ever since my father took me to Harvard and said, “this is where you’ll go to college.” And now, you’re telling me I’m not good enough for Harvard? I’m not good enough for Yale? Heck, not even good enough for Cornell? All these years of busting my chops, doing homework, smiling at the teacher on my way in and on my way out, raising my hand to answer every single question asked, turning in assignments on time all for nothing! So that I can attend Georgetown or Binghampton?

As if Georgetown or Bimghapton or any of your so-called safety schools, which, in reality are fine institutions, were the embodiment of gloom and doom…

Still, quite understandably you keenly feel the sting of rejection at this moment. Moreover, the impact of the message has been magnified tenfold by all those happy, gloating faces on Facebook (“I got in Bovine University! Yay!”) each with two hundred (two thousand?) likes. Even he got in, you’re thinking.

And I. Did. Not.

The more you think about it, the worse it gets. The many months of preparation, the countless college visits, the perfect (though, admittedly hazy) image of your college freshman self happily ensconced in the ideal dorm room of your fantasy suddenly fades away. Disbelief is replaced by anger. You want to punch the wall—imagining how it’d feel to flatten the happy faces on unhappy Facebook.

But why do you have such aggressive thoughts? You do so because you are taking the decision made by overworked admissions officers (who had to go through tens of thousands of college apps in the last few months) as a personal rejection. As my students read in the Psychology and Literature course (ah, that accursed Baumeister book with those rambling, dense articles I had to read for no reason), “not only does physical pain increase aggression, but psychological or emotional pain, such as…social exclusion” (Bushman and Bartolow, 314). And boy, do you feel socially excluded right now!

After the momentary fit of rage, dense clouds of melancholy, regret, and depression descend upon your sagging shoulders.

I don’t want to go to class tomorrow. I can’t face those happy faces (and shit). [Oh yes. You curse now more freely—after all, what have you got to lose?]. I can’t even face my own face in the mirror. Sleep. Watch Netflix. Eat. Repeat the cycle. My life is over.

Of course, you know very well that your life is not over—not by a long shot. You may even recall the words of some well-meaning adults who had told you at various points in the past year that the Ivies are not the only way to a successful life (and may even lead you towards distinctly unsuccessful lives, laden with crushing debt and an even greater sense of failure). Yet, those words ring hollow now. You are thinking that you have failed yourself and failed your parents by not being able to “outperform” your friends (and enemies) with “Congratulations!” in their letters.

So what now? Is your life really over? Have you really failed?

If you’re still reading, please allow me to suggest that you have not failed. Despite your best effort (great essay, by the way, which may have turned out even greater with the help of my brand new College Essay Guidebook—wink wink), so-called merit is not enough. There are thousands upon thousands of equally (or even less) qualified candidates whose applications admissions officers sift through. Often, they end up choosing people from that pool just as carefully as you draw your next straw out of the box for your afternoon lemonade.

To make things even worse, the admissions officer’s judgment may have been affected by such factors as the weather. As Vos and Luce assert in Advanced Social Psychology, “On sunny days, admission officers give more weight to whether the applicant has social or extracurricular activities on his or her application whereas on overcast days they more heavily consider the applicant’s academic record” (749). The point is this: the fact that you have not been admitted to a single Ivy League school (or to your dream school) is not a testament to your failure as a student.

Skipping classes and work from now on (I’m so done with school) and giving up on learning as the manifest reaction, though, will be just that.

Your life is not over and you know it. You’ve already been admitted to a number of other schools and are about to be admitted to some others (with or without financial aid). The school you’ll attend will provide you with the skills and experiences you’ll need to succeed in whatever field you choose to enter. You may even find that none of the predetermined paths in life work for you and decide to carve out a path of your own. How do I know this? Honestly, I don’t. I’m just saying it to make you feel better. But to be serious once more, I have a pretty good hunch based on the fact that you’ve put so much energy and effort into trying to get into your “dream” school. For that, my friend, is what you need to live a meaningful life: focus, determination, and, most important of all, intellectual curiosity.

You’ll also need something else: a firm, inner-compass, which is not subject to the magnetic attractions of popular opinion regarding the nature of success. For now that the default pat-on-the-back (coupled with unspoken envy) due all Ivy League college students will not be part of your life (unless you find yourself in an Ivy League graduate school), you are freed from some of the suffocating expectations that may have weighed you down for years and are free to change or refine your own definition of success.

Right now, you may feel as if you had just lost somebody near and dear. Indeed, you’ve lost such long-time acquaintances as Ms. Yale Harvard and Mr. Princeton Dartmouth. And as with any loss, you have already shifted into mourning mode.

I totally understand. For, while I only applied to two colleges as a high school senior (and felt a strong sense of gratitude when Brooklyn College admitted me), I can still recall just how lousy it felt to receive polite rejection letters day after day from “great” graduate schools such as Columbia, Yale, and Princeton. “Even” CUNY’s Graduate Center (which in actuality is also a great school) rejected my application. Still, when NYU admitted me into its MA/PhD track in English (albeit without any financial aid), the path before me lit up towards, well, more rejections from tenure-track positions and, after years of teaching as an adjunct professor, towards the Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Queens (3 years) and Stuyvesant High School (8 years and counting).

When my scholarly book, Arminius Vambery and the British Empire: Between East and West appeared in 2016, I felt a great and a half-serious sense of vindication. Columbia, Yale, Princeton, schools that many years before had deemed me unsuitable as a potential scholar, obtained a copy of my humble book and put it on the shelf in their libraries. What I could not internalize at the time of the rejection letters and only realized quite recently was that I, too, was not deemed an unsuitable scholar but, rather, was beaten out by somebody just as suitable as I was. Again, it was a luck-of-the-draw situation. Yet, what matters is that I ended up producing a significant scholarly book (as the reviewers seem to agree) and, to some extent, did it on my own terms.

Similarly, you, too, will end up producing worthwhile work if you keep the flame burning in your breast.  What you need to focus on right now is that the keys to your happiness and well-being are already on your keychain.

Now, go find them and write your own book.

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Arminius Vambery and the British Empire Book Discount Flyer

Arminius Vambéry is one of the most fascinating figures in modern Jewish history, and David Mandler has provided us with a magnificent depiction of his remarkable life as a traveler to Muslim lands, a linguist, and the toast of nineteenth-century London high society.

–Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College

David Mandler’s exceptionally fine book is a critical biography of Arminius Vambéry, a polymath linguist, traveler, and diplomatic adviser in nineteenth-century Europe. The book offers a human story of this linguistic genius as he grew up in segregated areas of Austria-Hungary but came to know Sultans and Queen Victoria. It also provides an intellectual history of Vambéry’s development of Middle Eastern studies and linguistics, placing him very interestingly in relation to later Orientalists. Dr. Mandler also gives us a compelling story of Vambéry’s importance in nineteenth-century diplomatic and literary relations. This is a sophisticated work that should make a name for Vambéry and for his author—in Vambéry’s case restoring him to his nineteenth-century brilliance and importance.

–John Maynard, New York University

This book challenges and refines Edward Said’s thesis in Orientalism by demonstrating the fundamental role played in the field by the Jewish Hungarian Orientalists Arminius Vambéry and Ignác Goldziher. Their Eastern European origins—in the context of a cultural milieu set on the borders of Europe and Asia in which Islamic and Christian traditions were in certain ways quite closely intertwined—meant that their Orientalist scholarship was not constructed in the absence of the human and social reality that it described, nor was it consciously or unconsciously motivated in terms of an over-riding imperial politics. Dr. Mandler’s important book thus transforms the widespread view that sees Orientalism simply as the West’s construction of the East, and it demonstrates the importance of Hungarian scholarship for European Islamic Studies.

–Robert J. C. Young, New York University

By digging into Hungarian-language sources, David Mandler has revealed a much more nuanced picture of the ‘oriental’ Orientalist Arminius Vambéry. Mandler does a fine job of correcting previous indictments of Vambéry’s ‘charlatanism’ (including that of the great Arabist Ignác Goldziher) and shows us a Vambéry who was, for his day, a well-informed and sympathetic Islamist and an insightful liberal commentator on European political and religious affairs.

–Suzanne Marchand, Louisiana State University

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The College Essay Guidebook is Here!

It gives me great pleasure to announce the publication of my newest book, The College Essay Guidebook: Writing a Powerful Story about Yourself. This roadmap to self-discovery and effective writing includes the following: a comprehensive program of writing discoveries designed to culminate in an outstanding college essay; a clear and concise explanatory section on grammar necessary for producing smooth prose and an essential checklist for revisions; practical advice on the writing and admissions process provided by ten high school seniors admitted to selective colleges and from two admissions officers; three college essays including analysis and writing prompts and an appendix with draft progressions from two students admitted to highly selective colleges. It is the perfect gift for anyone who’d like to write a genuine, effective, and a powerful personal essay, especially for high school seniors applying to college. 

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