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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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In a Masterful New Book, an Author Looks to Holocaust Memorials for Clues to His Family’s Fate

Victor Ripp’s ‘Hell’s Traces’ is a fine meditation on trying to make sense of history’s ultimate senseless act of violence

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The Coerced Community of Theresienstadt

H.G. Adler survived the Holocaust to write a monumental, meticulous study of the Nazi’s ‘model community,’ one of the first of its kind, in German. Why did it take so long to be translated to English?

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Middle-Aged Stalker Professor Writes Lecherous, Funny, Vulnerable Poems

Art, death, sex, and pedagogy, in a new collection of prose poems, ‘My Vibe’

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Moving Kings

In an excerpt from Joshua Cohen’s new novel, David King rules his domain

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The Iranian Intellectual Who Inspired the Islamic Revolution and Admired Israel

Iran Week: Jalal Al-e Ahmad’s astonishing and paradoxical account of his 1963 travels in the Holyland, newly translated and reissued as ‘The Israeli Republic’

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David Shapiro’s Narrow Bridge

A descendant of the New York School brings cantorial poetics to his new collection, ‘In Memory of an Angel’

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The Accidental Tourists

A new anthology, edited by Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon, inadvertently and correctly argues that coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians is an illusion.

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Proust and Dreyfus

In an excerpt from the newly translated Gaslight, by German writer Joachim Kalka, an examination of how the scandal that rocked France bled into European literature

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Wall This Way

Episode 91: Novelist Ruth Gilligan on writing the Jews of Ireland, and Yascha Mounk on rising populism in Europe and the U.S.

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Are Right-Wing American Jewish Settlers Destroying Zionism?

A new history, City on a Hilltop, looks at the huge range of political affiliations that have animated people to occupy land in and around Israel

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The Genius of Literature

Bernard-Henri Lévy draws from the well of late-18th-century French philosopher Chateaubriand for a broad defense of the aesthetics and morals of liberalism

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The Afterlife of Rabbi Akiva

An excerpt from Barry W. Holtz’s new biography of the 1st-century sage of the Talmud

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Some Reflections on Chaim Potok’s ‘The Chosen’

The novel, published 50 years ago today, shaped the American Jewish encounter with Hasidism and Orthodoxy, while giving a pretty good play-by-play account of a baseball game

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Wise vs. Silverman, or New York’s Historic Rabbinical Women’s Suffrage Smack-Down

One hundred years ago this month, religious leaders took sides. In this corner: ‘women’s rights are human rights.’ In the far corner: ‘the only natural roles for women are as homemaker and educator of children.’

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Going to Lvov

Polish poet and essayist Adam Zagajewski’s extravagant and miraculous new collection, ‘Slight Exaggeration,’ takes on banality and vulgarity through elegant art

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Title IX Campus Witch Hunts, According to Laura Kipnis

‘Unwanted Advances’ is a clarion call for accusatory university cultures gone mad

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Black Mountain Bar Mitzvah Poems

Should Larry Eigner’s work be read through the lens of his palsy?

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Glasnost Ceiling

Episode 83: Novelist Sana Krasikov and political strategist Patrick Ruffini

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A Graphic Account of a Soviet Daughter

Julia Alekseyeva’s moving tale of her great-grandmother, a Russian refugee, and the perils and promises of idealism

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Was Nazi Germany Made in America?

A new history argues convincingly that institutionalized racism and common-law pragmatism in the United States inspired Hitler’s policies

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