Best Wishes?

A surprising inscription on a first edition of The Wartime Journals of Charles A. Lindbergh raises unsettling question

Little Rascal

Thirty years ago, Philip Roth sent up Nixon in an overlooked satire that expanded his turf from neurosis to the American political canvas.

Family Plots

A once-Orthodox writer finds inspiration in Philip Roth’s historical reconstructions, even if his latest alter ego isn’t threatened by tradition.

All in the Family

Historian Yuri Slezkine traces a line from his anti-Soviet classmates in Moscow back to their fervently Communist grandparents.

Madonna’s Triptych

Children’s storybooks drawn from tradition can get sanctimonious. Does a pop star do any better with the stories of the Baal Shem Tov?

Hidden Desires

Jonathan Rosen talks about Tolstoy, George Eliot, and why writers treat religious longing with the silence once reserved for sex.

Jane’s Heir

Taking his comedic cues from the Victorian tradition, Howard Jacobson invokes an even older one to parse his pugnacity and masochistic itch.

Suburban Picaresque

Zach Braff traces a jagged line from New Jersey to Harold and Maude

Straight Story

If the Twelve Step movement comes out of Christian theology, how does a rabbinic rehab center reconcile Judaism and recovery?

Boratty Behavior

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Blues Brothers moment falls flat

Deronda in ’04

When it comes to Daniel Deronda, Henry James got some things right

Play Within a Play

Visual Grammar

Hebrew has no continuous present tense, but Boris Carmi’s images of Israel’s early days have the power to stop time, a friend recalls.

Brooklyn Nights

The joys and sorrows of Harvey Swados’ fiction

Under the Knife

In Jenny Diski’s version of the sacrifice of Isaac, Abraham’s loyalty to God trumps love for his own family and becomes the ultimate betrayal.

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