treyf, adj. [Yiddish] — not kosher, unclean.

When the novel started out in the 18th century, it was called novel because it mixed up stuff … And the novel was novel because it didn’t fit any generic shape. That’s why it was called a novel.

Jonathan Raban (Alexandra Gill, A Stranger in Seattle)

Treyf Books, n. [by Rob Kovitz] — unusual books of an indeterminate type, sort of artist book montage novels for people who can’t stomach any more schmaltzy Chicken Soup for the Soul. Treyf is cooked up using texts and images compiled from various sources, usually obsessively related to one or more themes, and then recombined through a process of highly subjective editing, ordering and juxtaposition.

“Strange and clever.”

Globe & Mail

“Funny, but deep.”


“Is this a new form of discourse in step with its multivalent, chaotic times, or just an excuse for intellectual laziness? Only the author knows for sure.”

Canadian Architect


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