Alienation Effect

Shadowtime seems to strive for difficulty for its own sake

Third Look

On rereading Leonard Michaels’s I Would Have Saved Them If I Could

Pretty Makes Me Sick

Eva Hesse

Note From the Underground

A fictional account of a terrorist attack becomes eerily prescient

Plot Heavy

How two books about conspiracy theories get it wrong

Girl Wonder

Melissa Bank’s heroines are witty, self-deprecating, underachieving…and Jewish

Second Stage

The Diaspora Drama Group tries to revive Yiddish theater

Back from the Shadows

Dovid Bergelson’s skepticism served him poorly in life but sublimely in art

Town and Country

Hillel Halkin tries to untangle the roots of his adopted hometown

Be My Knife

A Hebrew professor relies on the sharp edge of language to dissect male failure

From Saccharine to Satire

A brief history of the television bar mitzvah

Riding Shotgun

Why does Deadwood’s sheriff wear a star with six points?

Designer for a Nation

Abram Games’ journey from Guinness posters to Official War Artist

Summer Reading

Hear recommendations from Tony Kushner, Myla Goldberg, Gary Shteyngart, and others

Tough Times

Joseph Lelyveld reports out his childhood and gets peeved at Cynthia Ozick

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