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Headlights

A comedienne’s special kind of holiday cheer

Road Map

A riddle for the Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai

Glamour and Peril

Tempestuous, cold, and intensely private, Elsa Morante considered herself a genius. Are others finally starting to agree?

Pulling Out the Stops

The rise and fall of the synagogue organ

The Journalist and the Murderer

What’s it like to discover that your great-uncle was a mobster?

Fight Club

In the 1930s, boxing was more infused with politics than ever before

Painful Admissions

Unearthing the history of discrimination in the Ivy League

Spelling Errors

How Bee Season lost its sting on the screen. Plus: An audio interview with author Myla Goldberg.

School Ties

Jacques de Lacretelle won praise when he wrote in Dreyfus’ shadow, but today his portrait of a prep-school peer looks grotesque.

The Good Doctor

Examining Maimonides with Sherwin Nuland

Paris Match

Pissarro’s great-grandson on the artist and his long creative dialogue with Cezanne

The Love Above

Faith-based acting taken to new heights

A History of Violence

Lionel Trilling was a classicist who did not believe in creativity’s lower depths. So what did he see in Isaac Babel?

Foreign Affairs

Aaron Hamburger’s Americans abroad are not so innocent

All in the Family

Why is Mike Leigh’s family drama less powerful than Everybody Loves Raymond?

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