borscht belt

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(informal) a resort area in the Catskill Mountains of New York that was patronized primarily by Jewish guests

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Perhaps my favorite poem In the collection is "Hearing News from the Temple Mount in Salt Lake City," in which Osherow addresses the difficulty of Jewish exile and faith, using a voice that combines Borscht Belt humor with Biblical narrative:
The constant Brooks-ian undertone of Borscht Belt humor was a wonderful backdrop to the self-importantly Goyishe world of big-time espionage.
The fusion of Borscht Belt humor with Italian-style histrionics is their signature dish, and not a bad one, certainly.
Although the book quickly became a best seller, critic Irving Howe kibitzed Rosten in The New York Times Book Review for uprooting Yiddishisms from their larger cultural context and for shlepping out Borscht Belt humor that was already old in his grandparents' day.