American Mystic

Hyman Bloom rose to fame, and fell into obscurity, with his eerie paintings of rabbis, ghosts, and demons

Blues Brother

With a little self-invention and a lot of talent, Doc Pomus left his mark on rock ‘n’ roll

Venetian Bind

Four rarely-seen plays echo

A Place for Us

What’s more unlikely than a romantic comedy

A Death in Books

A son faces the ghosts his father left behind

Beyond Longing

Andre Aciman takes up the motifs explored in his memoir—desire, home, and memory—in a steamy debut novel, Call Me by Your Name.

Shadow Cities

For Andr

Anatomically Correct

Otto Dix unveiled the chaotic face of Weimar Germany

Popularity Contests

Composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown hasn’t always had an easy time fitting in. Neither have his characters.

Forgotten Women

A novelist brings to life a shameful episode in American history

Loudmouth

Aline Kominsky Crumb tells all

Reefer Madness

When the going gets good, the unfortunate lights a spliff

The Outsider

In Baghdad, Nissim Rejwan distanced himself from other Iraqi Jews. In Israel, he became a fierce advocate for their disappearing culture.

Babylon and On

Naim Kattan’s memoir of his Iraqi boyhood tells a familiar tale: Jews were here. Now they are not.

Slow Fade

A London-born writer travels to Baghdad to find the city that suffused her family’s imagination

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