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

Fierce Detachment

Samuel G. Freedman wrestles with how to write about his mother, and ends up doing some kind of penance.

A Very Special Special

VH1 gathers musical has-beens for a Seder that rocks (sort of)

Throwing Mud

Michael Chabon’s fact and fiction

Geek Love

Todd Solondz’s latest bestiary of the dispossessed

No Exit

Raised in the last golden days of the Hapsburgs, the Viennese writer Stefan Zweig found his world shattered by war.

Behind the Music

A beloved Lower East Side club threatened by broken sewer lines and rent hikes

Dogs and Monsters

Shalom Auslander writes his way out of misery, latching on to a comic tradition he traces from Beckett to the National Lampoon.

Making Noise

Sex, politics, and the story of Purim


Sam Apple encounters a shepherd who sings in Yiddish—and forces him to question his deepest fear.

Throwing Muses

Potter Jonathan Adler gets inspired by the Modernist temples that others find embarrassing.

Hurst and Hurston

Seventy years after their road trip, the best-selling sentimental novelist has run out of gas, while Zora is still in the driver’s seat.


Tom Reiss on the mysterious Byronic figure from Baku who posed as a Muslim prince.

Off-Broadway Transference

Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and the woman who brought them together

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