Jonathan Rosen at the Harvard Book Store

Everyone who lives anywhere near the Arnold Arboretum — a classification that includes everyone in Roslindale — is, or could be, a bird watcher. This isn’t my particular hobby — food is! — but even I’ve marveled at some of the birds I’ve seen outside my window during the last six months — a robin and a blue jay.

Jonathan Rosen has written a new book about the subject, “The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature.” He’ll be speaking Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Book Store.Rosen is a Jewish writer I’d place in a school with Michael Chabon and Jonathan Safran Foer. He’s the author of such books as “The Talmud and the Internet” and “Eve’s Apple.”

Rosen is also the editorial director of the fabulous website Nextbook.org, interesting to bibliophiles, philo-semites and Jews alike. I know Rosen from my stint at the Forward, where he edited the cultural pages. That’s how I know Rosen’s bird watching spot is Central Park.

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