The People of the Book vs. The People of the Kindle

What happens when our libraries are purged from our homes, replacing spines with screens?

Israeli Zombies, Killers, Torturers, and Human Parasites Invade World Cinema

As Hollywood looks to mine B-movies for remakes, genre schlock has growing escapist appeal in Israel

I Like Jennifer Weiner; I Like Her Books. Now Can I Have One Quibble?

By giving her characters perfect endings, the wildly popular writer may actually undermine them

A Reluctant Jew in Post-Holocaust Germany

Yascha Mounk’s entertaining new memoir sheds light on postwar history and current German politics

Women of the Gulag: From Stalin to Pussy Riot

A new history and film remind amnesiac Russia of the individual lives shattered and disfigured by Stalinist oppression

How Ex-Frum Memoirs Became New York Publishing’s Hottest New Trend

A spate of new books tells the stories of men and women who leave ultra-Orthodoxy for risky, rewarding, bewildering everyday life

‘Little Failure’ Is Big Success by Ex-Right-Wing Soviet Jew Who Went to Oberlin, Therapy

Gary Shteyngart’s new memoir is a touching meditation on the origins, nature, and limits of humor

‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Will Make You Feel Better About Your Mother

Behind the voodoo of TV’s witchy-est show, schlock therapy that could come back to haunt you

Happy Countries Are All Alike; Every Unhappy Country Is Unhappy in Its Own Way

In Zeruya Shalev’s fearless new ‘The Remains of Love,’ lives on a kibbutz stand as a parable of Israel

Despicable Meme: Why the Quenelle Is the Grumpy Cat of Anti-Semites

Like all viral hits, the reverse Nazi salute is hard to explain and harder to resist, which makes it all the more dangerous

Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love: ‘It’s a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba’

A new compilation revives the once ubiquitous, now mostly forgotten Latin-Jewish connection of the 1940s to the ’80s

White Supremacists Are Using Black Metal To Promote Hate

An investigation into ‘Antichrist Kramer,’ SSP Records, and other labels suggests a history of real-world violence and bigotry

The Tattler Guide to Having the Least Christmas-y Christmas Ever

If all the joy and happiness in the air are making you miserable, try one of these six strategies for how to ruin Dec. 25

The Myth of Jewish Hollywood’s Collaboration With the Nazis

A Harvard researcher was convinced he’d found evidence of 1930s movie mogul fascism. But did he get it wrong?

The Story Behind the Painting That Is the Basis for Steven Spielberg’s Next Film

The work, lost for a century, depicts Edgardo Mortara, an Italian Jewish boy seized by Church authorities

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