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Memories of Our Lost Soviet Youth

This May Day, a Jewish Refusenik looks back on the Spring of 1985

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A Masterful Account of Humiliation and Despair

Robert F. Worth’s ‘A Rage for Order’ brings the broad disappointments of the Arab Spring to the human level

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Amelia Lanyer, the First Female Jewish English Poet and Shakespeare’s Dark Lady?

On the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, drawing back into the light the talented woman who may have inspired some sonnets and The Merchant of Venice

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From Musa Dagh to Masada

How Franz Werfel’s novel about the Armenian Genocide inspired the Warsaw Ghetto fighters and the Zionist resistance

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Ghetto: The Shared History of a Word

The Jewish ghetto haunts sociologist Mitchell Duneier’s new history of the American one

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The Antiquarian and the Murderer

In an excerpt from Chanan Tigay’s new ‘The Lost Book of Moses,’ a historical detective tracks down what could be the original Book of Deuteronomy

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Better Living Through Criticism

A.O. Scott’s defense of considered opinions comes just as the culture needs it most

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Poets in the Kitchen Window

Canadian-Israeli writer Ayelet Tsabari’s new collection of short stories, ‘The Best Place on Earth,’ turns Israeliness into a new kind of Diasporic identity

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After Auschwitz

Swedish journalist Göran Rosenberg’s chilling, newly translated memoir, ‘A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz,’ tracks his father’s attempt to survive survival

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The Daoud Affair

How Western intellectuals turn themselves into the enemies of an entire class of liberal writers from Muslim backgrounds

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Purim, the Invention of Anti-Semitism, and the Celebration of Jewish Creativity

The Book of Esther represents a turning point in Jewish history: the demonization of the Jews

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A Jellyfish With a Jew’s Ear, for the Millions

Avant-garde trickmaster Charles Bernstein’s mass appeal is evident in his new collection of essays, ‘Pitch of Poetry’

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Sticks and Stones

This week on Unorthodox: Trump supporters namedrop Auschwitz, plus debut novelist Jessamyn Hope and Nazi war-crimes expert Lawrence Douglas

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Jan Gross’ Order of Merit

The groundbreaking scholar of Polish anti-Semitism is caught up in a toxic new nationalism that seeks to edit shameful persecution of Jews out of history

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n+1’s Favorite Fracker

Novelist—and oil investor—Gary Sernovitz defends the new American fossil fuel binge in ‘The Green and the Black’

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Genius Bar

This week on Unorthodox, ‘The Geography of Genius’ author Eric Weiner and Oxford English Dictionary editor Katherine Connor Martin

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A Moving Minyan on Bagel Beach

In the ‘unusually perceptive’ novel ‘As Close to Us as Breathing,’ Elizabeth Poliner writes insightfully about the texture and trajectory of women’s lives in midcentury Jewish America

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The Century-Old Science Fiction Story That Predicted Our Current Cultural Malaise

Max Beerbohm’s ‘Enoch Soames’ is an ode to those perennially forgotten eccentrics who make civilization possible, and a warning about what happens when they disappear

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Kafka’s Cats

An excerpt from a new Hungarian novel imagines a world in which the Prague master survives tuberculosis, gives up writing, and finally finds some peace

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Thomas Ligotti’s Uncanny Horror and the Future of Holocaust Fiction

With Penguin Classics’ recent republication of ‘Songs of a Dead Dreamer’ and ‘Grimscribe,’ a new look at the worst-case scenarios of the universe

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Subversive Jews and American Culture

Notes on the Leonard Milberg collection of early American Judaica, currently at Princeton in the impressive ‘By Dawn’s Early Light’ exhibit

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Family Matters

This week on Unorthodox, we learn what klezmer aerobics is, plus we talk to writer Daniel Oppenheimer and essayist Roxane Gay

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Shylock Is My Name

Howard Jacobson’s clever and entertaining retelling of Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ furthers his reputation as one of the finest Jewish writers working today

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Why Sayed Kashua Is Every ‘Ha’aretz’ Reader’s Favorite Ex-Israeli Arab

The writer’s new collection of personal essays and newspaper columns will make you laugh until you cry

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Hannah (Montana) and Her Sisters

This week on Unorthodox: Word maven Lizzie Skurnick wants to know your favorite expression, and writer Bill Schulz says he inspired the worst character in ‘Trainwreck’

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The Saddlemaker, the Schindler, and the Miller of Wlodowa

Golems, messiahs, tradesmen, Nazis, and townspeople converge in the story collection ‘In the Land of Armadillos’

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The Gertrude Stein of Anglo-Jewish Jerusalem

Can poet Linda Zisquit keep the enlightenment ideal of the salon alive in Israel?

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Groucho Marx, the Pacino of the Jews

Lee Siegel’s new biography of the brilliant, cryptic comic actor uncovers the life behind the work. (But does not reveal why the elephant was wearing Groucho’s pajamas.)

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Expelliarmus!

This week on Unorthodox, Hillary’s Jewish outreach, plus Scholastic deputy general counsel Mark Seidenfeld—Harry Potter’s lawyer—and bioethicist Alice Dreger

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Bream Gives Me Hiccups

Jesse Eisenberg talks about Woody Allen, Obama’s tailor, Jewish humor, and his new collection of funny short stories

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