Space Odyssey

Thirty years after the launch of an exploratory anthology, a science fiction connoisseur wonders when we’ll discover brighter stars.

The Home Front

Reality television tries to bridge a great divide

Letting Go

In his latest look at the Jerusalem of his childhood, Amos Oz sheds anger, frustration, bewilderment, and the protective cloak of fiction.

Precious Objects

An experimental musical about the Rosenbachs celebrates their love affair with book dealing

Revolutionary Fever

As a teenager, Roya Hakakian fell hard for the Iranian Revolution. It may have betrayed her, but you never forget your first love.

Smile and Wince

Rolling out an endless parade of stereotypes

In the Golden Land

Television treated Alex Rieger and Rabbi Krustofski with a pompous reverence. The Bluths of Arrested Development do not suffer this fate.

Always Already

Haunted by ghosts, Jacques Derrida’s writings confounded the march of time

Spirit Remover

The Dybbuk returns

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.

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