Really the Blues, Mezz Mezzrow (1946)

The Jazz-playing, Jewish Johnny Appleseed of Weed

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities, Delmore Schwartz (1938)

Forgotten genius was Lou Reed’s teacher, Saul Bellow’s inspiration

The Chosen, Chaim Potok (1967)

Williamsburg’s original hipsters balance religion and modernity

Altneuland, Theodor Herzl (1902)

The utopian novel that became a reality

Exodus, Leon Uris (1958)

Ari Ben Canaan, Tanned Jewish Superman

The Adventures of K’Ton Ton, Sadie Rose Weilerstein (1935)

Tom Thumb shaking the lulav

Making It, Norman Podhoretz (1967)

Norman’s Conquest of Manhattan

Correspondence, Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem (1992)

Marx and the Messiah in conversation

The Memoir of Glückel of Hamelin, Glückel of Hamelin (1700)

17th Century Widow with 14 Kids Leans In

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon (2000)

A golem, a superhero, and a Pulitzer Prize

Two Concepts of Liberty, Isaiah Berlin (1958)

Positive and negative

Call It Sleep, Henry Roth (1934)

Lower East Side story

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