Just Plain Super

Two books scratch too hard at superheroes’ identities

Intimate Stranger

Margot Singer’s debut collection explores one woman’s quest to connect

From Decadence to Minimalism

Alex Ross takes us on a music tour of the 20th century

Abominable Showman

Talented and terrifying, Otto Preminger left no taboo unbroken

Best of 2007

Innocents Abroad

Jerry Herman’s musical ode to the land of milk and honey

Fortress of Solitude

How an antiwar novel became a best-selling solace for Israeli soldiers and their families

Home Alone

Meir Shalev holds forth on pigeons, homeland, and why reading a book is like a blind date

Pioneer Tunes

A conversation with Alisa Solomon about the first—and last—Zionist musical comedy on Broadway

Sons of Liberty

A historical children’s book with conflicting ideas on Jewishness

Sophie Says

A young critic weighs in on three new novels

Wartime Truths

In 1945, Jerzy Andrzejewski’s novel of the Warsaw ghetto enraged Poles and Jews alike. How will it read to audiences today?

Back to Cuba

Anthropologist Ruth Behar keeps returning to the place her family left behind

The Wandering Kind

Bob Dylan can’t be pinned down. I’m Not There glories in not trying.

Portrait of a Lost Town

Through words and images, Mayer Kirshenblatt brings to life the Polish town he left in 1934

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