The Irritable Man

Why Harlan Ellison’s personality overshadows his classic science fiction

Object Lessons

Maya Zack’s singular take on home economics

Was This Man a Genius?

The twisted mind of Otto Weininger

Expatriate Act

Maya Arad breaks ground as an Israeli writer—by living in America

Yesterday’s Hero

Fifty years after the publication of Exodus, is it time to let Ari Ben Canaan go?


When it comes to Judd Apatow’s characters, what’s in a name?

Doo-Wop Generation

How the kids who brought you “Stupid Cupid” changed American music

Of a Feather

Communing with Bernard Malamud’s Jewbird

The Good of A Bad Man

How Stanley Elkin hit his stride

Funny Girls

An off-Broadway show pays homage to the queens of comedy

Writing in the Dark

Why an Orthodox novelist shuns Orthodox publishers

What Happened to Mary Berg?

A young girl’s account of the Warsaw Ghetto was a big success. Then the diary—and its author—disappeared.

Forbidden Fruit

Judith Katzir on the lives of Israeli women, both real and imagined

With a Capital ‘J’

Alisa Solomon gives us the story behind West Side Story

Shock Treatment

Emulated by Scorsese and worshipped by Spielberg, Samuel Fuller’s B movies still have the power to stun

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