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A Tale of Sadomasochism and Coffee

The café as ‘safe space’ in interwar Vienna, in David Fogel’s Hebrew classic, ‘Married Life’

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Like a Roman Stone

Episode 113: Footsteps Executive Director Lani Santo and ‘Why Bob Dylan Matters’ author Richard F. Thomas

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Jews, the Smartest Stupid People on Earth

An amputated leg, a bitten-off penis, a 600-pound wrestler, and the great tonsil riot, among other examples of humanity’s glorious ineptitude, in ‘Bad Rabbi: And Other Strange But True Stories from the Yiddish Press’

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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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Bad to the Bone

Episode 112: Bad Rabbi author Eddy Portnoy and Washington Post religion reporter Sarah Pulliam Bailey

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Smoke in the Air

In the ‘cosmic and frightening’ Sapir Prize-winning The Ruined House, by Israeli expatriate Ruby Namdar, the secular modern world and the ancient divine mysteries coexist

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The Magic Mountain of Yiddish

Jacob Glatstein’s 1930s Yiddish novel ‘Homecoming at Twilight’ foresaw the coming doom

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The Jews Who Stabbed Germany in the Back

Seventy-nine years after Kristallnacht, ‘A Deadly Legacy,’ a new history of German Jewish soldiers during World War I, traces the origins of the European scapegoating that would engulf the continent some years later

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Raped By Carl Jung, Then Murdered by the Nazis

But the theft and erasure of Sabina Spielrein’s intellectual legacy by the psychoanalytic establishment may be an even more troubling crime

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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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Progressive Anti-Semitism and Putin

In ‘Contemporary Left Antisemitism,’ David Hirsh compellingly traces a newly resurgent form of disinformation to its surprising enablers

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Winter Wonderland

Yiddish poet Avrom Sutzkever’s 1936 work ‘Siberia’ magically upends a litany of misery for him and his people

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The Sickening Cost of Lenin’s Revolution

Victor Sebestyen’s engaging ‘Lenin’ and Anne Applebaum’s meticulous ‘Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine’ help explain why a century later the central amorality of the unfulfilled Utopian ideal is still with us

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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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Whitman and the American Revelation

The epiphany that led to a national literature’s single greatest achievement: tucked in a prosaic, newly discovered early novel are the seeds of ‘Leaves of Grass’

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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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Elisheva Bikhovsky, One of the Greatest Poets in the Modern Hebrew Language, Wasn’t Jewish

A casualty of a naïve belief in Israel’s potential to adopt a secular Hebrew culture beyond Judaism’s defining religious difference, the Russian-born writer was also revived as a feminist icon in the 1970s

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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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The Jew as Pariah

Romanian writer Mihail Sebastian’s 1934 autobiographical novel ‘For Two Thousand Years’ remains a classic document of 20th-century Jewish history

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How Israel Went Nuclear

The father of Israel’s nuclear deterrent reveals how it was built. An exclusive excerpt from No Room For Small Dreams, Shimon Peres’ posthumous autobiography.

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Was Hollywood Too Jewish?

A subversive biography of movie mogul Jack Warner tries a new answer to an old question

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On Philip Levine, the Workingman’s Poet

Detroit, the Spanish Civil War, and the yearning for a perfect society

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The Summer of Love and the Wrath of Cheetah

Hippie memories of California Gov. Ronald Reagan’s bad jokes

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Should ‘Harry Potter’ Be Included in the Canon of Holocaust Literature?

On the young wizard’s 37th birthday, 20 years after the launch of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,’ a look at how the series is still many children’s first introduction to the concept of evil

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200 Years After Her Death, Jane Austen Refuses to Meet Our Polite Expectations

‘Jane Austen: The Secret Radical,’ reassesses the writer and new face of the £10 note as Jewishly attentive to the complex moral challenges of life

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At Our Absolute Worst

Marco Roth talks to, yells at, and pleads with Joshua Cohen about his new novel, ‘Moving Kings’

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Steven ‘Spielbug’

In an excerpt from Molly Haskell’s new biography of the film titan, memories of a nerdy-nicknamed Jewish outsider in the Phoenix ’burbs, just like the neighborhood in Poltergeist—‘a wimp in a world of jocks’

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