So Big

Human awkwardness was at the heart of Edna Ferber’s popular novels, but she shied away from writing about the outsiders she knew best

A Dreamer of the Golden Dream

Melanie Rehak traces Peter Cole’s controversial poetry and politics to a Holiday Inn in Providence

Asch’s Passion

A popular Yiddish novelist strove for immortality by taking on Jesus, but it cost him his core audience and made him a marked man

Crossover Stars

The flamboyant pioneers of New York’s Yiddish theater crossed continents, genders, and coasts

This Old House

Shmuel Hasfari’s long-running The Master of the House is a smash hit in Tel Aviv. Can it make it in the O.C.?

Bleeding Melodies

Composer Osvaldo Golijov

Out of India

Sophie Judah’s stories chronicle a vanishing tribe

A Fine Mess

How a filmmaker turned his movie flop into a groundbreaking book

Strange Trip

Eliot Fintushel’s category-defying Yiddish-inflected science fiction

Almost Famous

Why isn’t Dayna Kurtz a household name?

Managed Care

Rattled by a sudden lack of indifference

Late Bloomer

A nonagenarian gives the memoir thing a go, revisiting his hard-knock Lancashire boyhood

Liberated Bride

Alix Kates Shulman on the creation of an ex-prom queen and protofeminist

The Angel of History

A new volume of Hannah Arendt’s writing sheds light on the persistence of anti-Semitism

Our Man in Bethlehem

Matt Beynon Rees creates a new kind of sleuth

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