Why is a Jewish family at the center of a story about a transgender woman, in ‘Transparent’?
With ‘Indecent,’ Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman return to Sholem Asch’s ‘God of Vengeance’ for the throbbing thrills only your grandmother could know
Unlike a lot of classic teen comedies, the original ‘Wet Hot’ and its new Netflix revival series do not wash out the Jews. Is this a good sign or bad?
How observant Jewish funnymen (and -women) navigate the line between irreverence and devotion
The original ‘bad Jewish boy’ has died at 77
The intimate, obscene, lovable, fearless stand-up of ‘We Are Miracles’ shows the comedian at her sweet, shameless best
This award proves, once and for all, that Roth isn’t too obscene. Nor is he too American, or too male, or too Jewish.
The bard of Newark’s take on sex, Jewish mothers, and how to prepare liver
Lower East Side story
A thorough new biography chronicles the rise and fall of the big, Jewish self-destructive funnyman
He’s one of the most inventive stand-up comedians around. So, why does he sound like a throwback?
Israeli Asaf Hanuka crashes the party in Paris, as the comic-strip-obsessed city hosts Spiegelman and Crumb
To understand what comedy today reveals about Jews, look at the jokes gentile comedians tell about us
Once an institutionalized mental patient, the comic Moshe Kasher unleashes his psychological self-abuse in the new memoir Kasher in the Rye
Five Books: Jews in film, Jews and booze, the poisonous sound of children’s voices in Ben Marcus’ novel, Tony Judt’s last conversations, and more
Five Books, holiday edition: Nine hardbacks—including Philip Schultz’s memoir, a history of the orgasm, and Alfred Kazin’s journals—for the readers on your list
Five Books: A biography of sportscaster Howard Cosell, the life of film critic Pauline Kael, the poets who translated Shakespeare into Hebrew, and more
Henry Miller had complicated feelings about Jews, but his works wouldn’t have reached American audiences without them
After two years and 100 weekly “On the Bookshelf” columns about new books, assessing the impressive breadth of Jewish letters today
Jews have always been keen on joining revolutions. Some revolutionaries, like Emma Goldman, sought to change the minds of workers; others, like Richard Feynman, looked to change our understanding of matter.
Yiddish is far from dead. It’s undead, and it haunts everything from Harvey Pekar’s comics to the vampire literature of the early 20th century.
The term “post-Holocaust” raises conceptual problems, but a host of new books helps define it by exploring everything from Nazis on the run to Jews on the mend
Books on what makes Jews Jewish, from debates over conversion and consideration of kashrut laws to rethinking the Jewish body, with a cameo by Bob Saget
Running away: From Mossad-appointed time-travelers to daughters of famous novelists, these summer reads offer a healthy dose of escapism
Long before the Supreme Court deemed violent video games free speech, the 1940s cultural critic Gershon Legman noted Americans’ paradoxical views on sex and violence
Playing music: Books on too-expensive concert tickets, the too-Jewish-sounding Simon and Garfunkel, and the just-Jewish-enough Louis Armstrong
The state of the Jewish state: Activists, artists, and academics—including Jeremy Ben-Ami, Udi Aloni, and Albert Einstein—argue about Israel
On the road: checking in with Jewish life—and Jewish ghosts—in China, Europe, and Latin America
Unzipped: Those who do and those who don’t—frank talk about Jews and sex
Jotted down: letters, diaries, recipes, and other random scribblings