Alexander Aciman is a writer living in New York. His work has appeared in, among other publications, The New York Times, Vox, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic.
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You Don’t Have to Write Like This

Bookworm: Benjamin Markovits’s newly relevant ‘social-realist-quasi-socialist-alternative-community’ Detroit novel could have been a good book

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A Noir Detective Named Bernie Solves Crimes in 1938 Berlin

Bookworm: The dude of Philip Kerr’s ‘The Pale Criminal’ abides—Nazis

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A Golem for Halloween

Bookworm: Gustav Meyrink’s 1914 novel is a spectacle of horror and backhanded anti-Semitism. What’s there to be afraid of?

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A Wannabe-Hardboiled-Jew Reads Raymond Chandler’s ‘The Long Goodbye’

Bookworm: Was the tough guy America’s greatest act?

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Nicole Krauss’ Dark Forest, aka the Tel Aviv Hilton

Bookworm: Entering the multiverse of alternate selves, a dissociative nightmare, to find a way in the woods

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Larry David’s Art of Malevolent Dissimulation

A**hole or victim? ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ poses the existential question.

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A Discourse on Love, by Deepthinker Whatshisname

Bookworm: Alain de Botton teaches ‘The Course of Love,’ but why?

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The Stunning, Delicious Depravity of Lawrence Durrell’s ‘Justine’

‘Bookworm,’ Tablet’s voracious new column: Alexandria swoons

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This Typeface Combines Hebrew and Arabic Equally

Israeli typographer Liron Lavi Turkenich has married two ancient languages in script, and it’s legible

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Rupert Brooke, My Favorite Anti-Semite

A Tablet continuing series of tributes to the people who hate us

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Casting Agency Looked to Fill Role of Alt-Right Neo-Nazi for Cadillac Commercial

Have the alt-right (and their ideas) become a target demographic? Apparently so.

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John Hughes for the Holidays

Jason Diamond’s wry memoir of 1980s Chicago (and 2010s Brooklyn) finds life landmarks in the awkward, lonely malcontents of The Breakfast Club and Planes, Trains and Automobiles

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Ku Klux Klan Chapter Now Accepting Jews

White supremacist starts more ‘inclusive’ branch of notorious hate group

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Lanzmann’s ‘Shoah’ Now Streaming Online

Viewers of the 10-hour documentary able to ‘take it in at their own pace’

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The Toughest Fictional Jewish Gangsters

With Boardwalk Empire over, some other bad guys to watch on-screen

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An Education in Protesting

A lifelong protest avoider tiptoes into the fray with ‘Death of Klinghoffer’

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Alex Karpovsky: Not Just That Guy From ‘Girls’

The actor talks writing, directing, and why he loves listening to books on tape

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Yiddish and Mezuzot on ‘Boardwalk Empire’

How the Prohibition-era HBO show portrays its Jewish gangsters

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Jack the Ripper: Not Jewish After All

DNA expert says new evidence identifying Aaron Kosminski doesn’t hold up

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U.S. Pays Social Security to Suspected Nazis

Government offered continued benefits to Nazis who agreed to leave U.S.

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Bugsy Siegel’s Coast-to-Coast Crime Empire

How the Jewish gangster helped establish Las Vegas as a gambling mecca

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The Jewish Gangsters of ‘Murder Incorporated’

Prohibition-era hit squad’s handiwork appears on Boardwalk Empire

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‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ is a Shoddy Imitation of ‘Prince of Egypt’

Who needs Christian Bale as Moses when Val Kilmer did a brilliant job in 1998?

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Brooklyn Cantor Leaves Rikers Early

Baruch Lebovits, who pleaded guilty to child molestation in May, served less than three months

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Hitler’s Deputy Thought He Was Being Poisoned

Rudolf Hess’ prison food is being photographed for the first time.

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Mossad Looks for New Recruits Online

Israel’s elite intelligence force now accepts virtual applications

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Mickey Cohen is What ‘Boardwalk’ is Missing

The real-life gangster was a few years too late for the Prohibition-era show

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Another ‘Boardwalk’ Casualty: Waxey Gordon

This season’s time jump bypasses much of the bootlegger’s criminal career

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Short Jewish Men, Don’t Sell Your Soles

A new shoe offers some extra height to Jews of shorter stature. But why prey on insecurities and stereotypes to sell footwear?

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