Shalom Auslander is the author of Foreskin’s Lament and the novel Hope: A Tragedy. He is also a frequent contributor to This American Life.
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Curious George Finkelstein

A former rabbi-teacher of mine has been accused of molesting students. So, why can’t I stop thinking of the good he did?

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Home for the Holiday

Thanksgiving means family reunions—for some people. For others, it offers an opportunity to stay home and be grateful for having cut those ties.

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Sorry God

It’s the time of year for apologies, but not everyone has forgiveness on their mind. An argument for not saying sorry until God does.

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Two Strikes

Here’s my proposed constitutional amendment: Every adult should be allowed to murder two people without punishment. Harsh, you say? The world would be a better place.

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Sad Sack

I’ve always had a frosty relationship with my testicles. Last month I turned 41, and now I’m convinced that they’re more trouble than they’re worth.

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Man Up: Coping With the Holiday Barbecue That Gets Summer Started

An afternoon of grilling, drinking, and friendly conversation with neighbors is one man’s nightmare

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Family Plea

This coming Sunday marks Mother’s Day. Instead of flowers or treats, a writer offers up some decidedly unconventional prayer.

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Calvin and Sobs

A frigid winter, a sick dog, and an iPhone app called Pocket God prompt thoughts of John Calvin and an escape to the Caribbean. But can paradise make reality any less miserable?

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The Fires Next Time

As Egyptians rejoice in toppling the Mubarak regime and rebel forces in Libya threaten Qaddafi’s hold on power, a writer wonders: What will the next revolutions be?

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High Anxiety

Faced with a story I wanted to start but felt certain I couldn’t, I turned to the literary gods. Now Harold Bloom owes me $213.27.

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Excuses, Excuses

I turned in my book’s manuscript almost a month ago, but my editor doesn’t seem to have read it yet. It makes a writer wonder what he’s doing instead.

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Croak and Dagger

A writer finds echoes of the Holocaust wherever he turns

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I Had a Dream

The dark side of divine inspiration: one writer’s cautionary tale

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Getting Along

Why isn’t a Jew allowed to hate a fellow Jew?

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First Draft

Envisioning a rabbi’s struggle to write an original Yom Kippur sermon

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Up in Smoke

Imagining the day they come to take your Judaism away

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Hearing Voices

When a writer sits down to work, a cacophony of personalities sits down with him

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A Dog’s Life

Chased by a chocolate lab, guilt, and memories of mother

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In the Toilet

There are distinct similarities between what comes out on the page and what comes out in the w.c.

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In the Attic

A writer wonders which neighbor will hide him when the next genocide happens

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Groupies

Eavesdropping on a book-club meeting and lamenting the unloved life of a writer

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Hey, Jew, Don’t Make It Bad

Does telling children they’re hated make them mishear lyrics and, eventually, horde Viagra?

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Go for the Kill

The Foreskin’s Lament author is at work on a new project: a comic novel about genocide

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Civilization and Its Discontented

Exactly who heeded the call of Abraham? Book touring makes a writer wonder.

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Crime and Punishment

Photo shoots, red wine, compliments

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Crying Game

Shedding tears is no way to write a novel

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What I Am Going to Write This Summer

Time has arrived to rock the world of fiction

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Managed Care

Rattled by a sudden lack of indifference

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Reefer Madness

When the going gets good, the unfortunate lights a spliff

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Killing Spree

Working for Satan in the City of Angels