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Cultural Evolution

What exactly is “post-Jewish” art?

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Disengaged

A murky homeland is hard to stand by

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Mmmm…brains

Night of the Living Jews is not just another Hasidic zombie movie

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American Mystic

Hyman Bloom rose to fame, and fell into obscurity, with his eerie paintings of rabbis, ghosts, and demons

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Creature Presentation

The Golem migrates from Prague to Springfield

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The Middle-American Way of Death

A lesson Mitch Albom never learned from Morrie

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Identity Politics

In David Levithan’s latest young adult novel, president-elect Abraham Stein

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Great Escapes, Part Two

Six more characters to spend the summer with

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A Different March

Sufjan Stevens makes a record his own way

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Great Escapes

Six characters to spend the summer with

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Suburban Cowboy

What happens when a Wyatt Earp wannabe goes astray in the Valley

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Free Radical

Baruch Spinoza inspired Rebecca Goldstein. So why is she out to betray him?

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Underdeveloped

Try as it might, ABC’s Sons & Daughters is no Arrested Development

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Mixed Metaphors

Transamerica’s heroine finds herself negotiating a number of identities

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Open Panel

Will Corwin’s assimilating art

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Foreign Affairs

Aaron Hamburger’s Americans abroad are not so innocent

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Character Flaw

Fagin’s dearest companions have been villains and thieves. This time Roman Polanski makes him a victim.

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Going It Alone

One-person shows dominate the Fringe festival

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Let’s Get Lost

Rebecca Solnit wanders and ponders landscapes haunted by Walter Benjamin and Leopold Bloom

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Alienation Effect

Shadowtime seems to strive for difficulty for its own sake

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Man of the Cloth

American Apparel’s new spin on the “shmata business”

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Second Stage

The Diaspora Drama Group tries to revive Yiddish theater

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Riding Shotgun

Why does Deadwood’s sheriff wear a star with six points?

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Summer Reading

Hear recommendations from Tony Kushner, Myla Goldberg, Gary Shteyngart, and others

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Off-Broadway Transference

Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and the woman who brought them together

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The Kafka Curve

Think Gregor Samsa had it rough? He never had to wait in line at Carnegie Hall.

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Winter Camp

Five days, 2,000 participants, and countless pints of Guinness in the English countryside: An American reports from Limmud.

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Conference Calls

Singing fetuses? Dancing Hasids? Rapping doctors? A sneak peek at the 36th annual Association for Jewish Studies meeting.

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The Home Front

Reality television tries to bridge a great divide

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Smile and Wince

Rolling out an endless parade of stereotypes

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