Tortuga, 1761: A pirate with a small, spherical hat and long, curly dreadlocks walks into a bar. The bartender says, Argh, Capn. How goes it? The pirate says, Never better. The bartender asks why, and the pirate says, Some gonifjust stole my buried treasure. Bartender: What a scurvy dog! But how comes yer so joyful? Pirate: Hes been spending less of it than my wife. Bartender: Yo-ho-ho! Shiver me timbers, Shmuel! Yer a hearty buccaneer if Is ever met one!
As crazy it seems, there actually were Jewish pirates, and some of them were adventuresome menschenwho got revenge post-Inquisition by raiding Spanish ships. Learn the whole swash-bucklin tale from author and maven Ed Kritzler as he reads from his heavily researched tome, Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean, at Books & Books this Tuesday at 8 p.m. The reading is free; Yiddish-to-Pirate dictionaries are not.
Tue., July 21, 8 p.m., 2009