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Ruvik Danieli

Location: Ramat Hasharon, Israel

Member Since: March 2010

Last online: February 2020

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My name is Ruvik Danieli. I was born in Israel in 1955. I came to the United States with my family in 1959 and passed most of my childhood and early youth there and in Canada, against the background of the tumultuous social and political events of the Sixties. At the end of that decade we returned to Israel, where I graduated from high school, performed mandatory military service, and have since resided for the entirety of my adult life.

After my army service, for several years I pursued a career in theater (as lighting technician, set designer and producer), but abandoned it as inconducive to family life following the birth of my eldest son. Subsequently I turned to wordsmithing, a field in which I had dabbled professionally since a teenager. In the years since I have tried my hand at copywriting, screenwriting, translating and editing, as well as other varieties of the craft with scarcely a precise definition. My credits as screenwriter and copywriter encompass a few hundred commercial videos; as translator and/or editor, scripts and films by Israel’s leading cinematic filmmakers, and hundreds of articles and essays, especially in the fields of art and philosophy, by leading figures in Israeli academe. I've also translated lyrics for some of Israel's prominent singer/songwriters. My published books as translator, all non-fiction, include The Carrot and the Stick, by Maj. Gen. Shlomo Gazit (B’nai B’rith Books, Washington D.C.; 1995); Death’s Showcase, by Ariella Azoulay (The MIT Press, Cambridge, London; 2001); Fire in the Sky: Flying in Defence of Israel, by Brig. Gen. Amos Amir (Pen & Sword Books, Barnsley; 2005); Tracking the Meaning of Life, by Yuval Lurie (University of Missouri Press, Columbia & London: 2006); Conditions for the Prosperity of the State of Israel, by Ruth Gavison (Technion, Haifa: 2007); and The Civil Contract of Photography, by Ariella Azoulay (Zone Books, New York: 2008). Since 2006 I have been serving as style editor of Theoretical Inquiries in Law, the biyearly journal of the Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University.

My only published original writing is an essay entitled "We Call It a Snake: Dylan Reclaims the Creative Word," co-written with Professor Anat Biletzki, which appeared in Bob Dylan and Philosophy (eds. Peter Vernezze & Carl J. Porter: Open Court Press, Chicago and La Salle, Illinois, 2006) and is an analysis of the song "Man Gave Names to All the Animals." Stephen H. Webb, in his book Dylan Redeemed: From Highway 61 to Saved (Continuum, 2006), has described the essay as a "really brilliant reading of this song."


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