Michael Wex was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, the last brittle sprout of a Polish rabbinic tree. He spent his early orthodox Jewish childhood surrounded by a 40% Mormon population. Coming back to Yiddish during the revival of the 1980s after realizing that his career as a Medievalist was not going to pay the rent, Wex soon discovered that Yiddish wasn’t either. He drove cabs, worked in Tim Horton’s, taught English, was a stand-up and finally got a break a couple of years ago. An overnight success at the age of 52, he has a New York Times bestselling book on the subject entitled Born to Kvetch.
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