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.

Greenwich Mean Time

Punk rocker George Tabb reconnects with his rage in a memoir exposing the dark underbelly of the Connecticut suburbs.

Equal Time

What is the machine that seems to cause book reviewers to swoon over one short story collection and practically ignore another?

Ironing On Irony

Celebrities and trendwatchers have an eye out for T-shirts that play on Jewish identity. Are they celebrating an era of acceptance or anxiety?

Sister Act

For Margo Rabb, college in Indiana brought on culture shock. Now the young adult novelist strikes back with two teen detectives from Queens.

Lobster Necks and Red Balloons

Sholem Aleichem’s fame rescued his family from war-torn Odessa. His granddaughter went back to gaze at her “jewel on the sea.”

Slights Unseen

A dozen years ago, critics saw Donald Margulies bring a Philip Roth character to the stage. Some scenes have aged better than others.

Coat of Many Colors

Sometimes mistaken for an Israeli, novelist Danzy Senna crafts biracial heroines who try on and shrug off cloaks of identity

Off Broadway

A critic lambasts Tony Kushner as a self-loathing Jew for Caroline, or Change

Crazy Talk

Jonathan Goldstein riffs on his Hebrew name, gifted students, space aliens, and other things he thinks you should know about him.

Broad Strokes

The Jewish Museum avoids making Modigliani into his generation’s Jim Morrison, but does it paint itself into a corner with another cliché?

Budapest Gadfly

While most of his peers associate their heritage only with suffering, G

Hidden Sympathies

A dubious portrait of Shostakovich as dissident has been debunked, but motifs in his work underscore his discord with Soviet power.

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