Fathers and Sons

In Family Law, the Argentine director Daniel Burman returns to the relationship he knows best

Cheever Country

Why do Alex Katz’s elegant canvases strike critics as the ultimate in WASP art?

Minstrel Show

Parodies that make us cringe today used to make people roar. A music critic discovers Abie Cohen, the Jewish version of Aunt Jemima.

French Press

American novelist Jonathan Littell has snared France’s top literary prizes

Creature Presentation

The Golem migrates from Prague to Springfield

Art Star

How Edith Gregor Halpert made the modern gallery

Queen Bee

Are Jennifer Weiner’s novels bestsellers because

Funny Guys Finish Last

Philip Roth and Bruce Jay Friedman were rising stars in the 1960s. Roth became part of the canon. Friedman became “that guy who wrote Splash.”

Royal Flush

A new film reinvents Queen Esther as the very first Bachelorette

The Middle-American Way of Death

A lesson Mitch Albom never learned from Morrie

The Bogeymen of Studio 60

On Aaron Sorkin’s new show, the banter is flying and the Christian right is raging

Darkness Visible

Shira Nayman’s characters chase the ghosts who haunt them

Paper Trail

In bidding on a batch of stamps, Reinhard Kaiser unearthed the story of an ill-fated wartime romance

Belonging

An excerpt from the The Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Self-Hatred, and the Jews, the latest in Nextbook’s Jewish Encounters Series

Sway to the Music

Bluesman Jeremiah Lockwood finds his voice in his grandfather’s liturgical repertoire

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