Jacob Silverman is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and book critic. He is also a contributing editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review.
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Catch-22, Joseph Heller (1961)

Life, war, and other inescapable paradoxes make a modern classic

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Is this the Jewish Dwight Howard?

A Northwestern basketball walk-on has fans excited

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Frank Rich Visits Reddit

The former Butcher of Broadway submitted to one of the site’s AMAs

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Eli Yishai Orders Roundup of African Migrants

Detentions would begin on October 15

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Hungary Cuts Off Survivor Funds

Hungarian government accuses Claims Conference of malfeasance

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Daybreak: Morsi Supports Syrian Rebels

Plus a top Iranian scientist may be resuming nuclear weapons research

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Serbia’s Holocaust Memorist

Danilo Kiš’s fiction, newly translated, mined the Shoah with a Borgesian sense of mystery

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Code Pink’s Next Battle

Can the women’s antiwar group, active in the anti-Israel BDS effort, turn people against drone warfare?

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Sanctuary

Free Men, a film about Muslim members of the French Resistance in World War II, evokes recent surveillance activity by the New York Police Department

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Fantasyland

Michael Chabon may finally score a hit as a screenwriter for Disney’s new sci-fi flick John Carter. But will success in Hollywood ruin his fiction?

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Emphasis on ‘Bored’

How Jonathan Ames’ HBO series failed to advance the conversation

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Fatherland

The Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño’s The Third Reich is, like much of his fiction, filled with Nazis, the ultimate evil

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Free Radical

The documentary Paul Goodman Changed My Life profiles the forgotten, prolific, and bisexual New York Intellectual who inspired the 1960s New Left

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Rosenberg Boys Appear at ‘Daniel’ Screening

Fact versus fiction (versus other people’s facts)

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Myla Does Maryland

Goldberg brings her page act to the stage

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Burial Plots

At the newly trendy Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where half of the graves belong to Jews, a long history of criminal association lives on

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Superbad

Recent superhero movies—Green Lantern, Thor, Superman—are terrible. The solution? Hollywood should make these heroes more Jewish.

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Kenyan Branch

In a Kenyan village 100 miles north of Nairobi, a small group of homesteaders and subsistence farmers have adopted Judaism as their faith