America’s Blackest Jewish Writer

Walter Mosley talks about his best-selling books, Jewish L.A., and identifying with Isaac Bashevis Singer

Gatsby’s Jew

How will Baz Luhrmann’s film portray Meyer Wolfsheim, a 2-D figment in a 3-D extravaganza?

Nathaniel Rich’s Apocalypse

The New York of the young novelist’s vividly imagined Odds Against Tomorrow looks an awful lot like us

Doctor Who? Doctor Jew

The iconic sci-fi hero is the greatest Jewish character in the history of television

91-Year-Old Yiddish Rock Star

A visit with Arkady Gendler, the last link to the living roots of Yiddish culture, on the eve of a new album

On the Origin of ‘Shyster’

Master etymologist Gerald Cohen knows how jazz got its name, why they’re called hot dogs, and much more

Requiem for a Racist Rapper

Hip-hop artist Scarface’s anti-Semitic tirade may actually signal the beginning of a new, better cultural era

The Netherlands’ Jewish Mother

Beatrix abdicated so she could usher in a new era—of heads of state who have never experienced war

Curse of the Survivor

Singer Vera Gran was haunted by allegations of Nazi collaboration. A new book asks if survival made her guilty.

Herod’s Edifice Complex

The great Judean builder and his outsized ego are the subject of a monumental Israel Museum exhibit

Allan Sherman’s Last Laugh

A thorough new biography chronicles the rise and fall of the big, Jewish self-destructive funnyman

Hating Gwyneth Paltrow

You may think you know where this column is going. You’d be wrong.

The Beilis Conspiracy

A century after the last blood libel trial, the idea that Jews drink Christian vital fluid is still alive and well

Monster Mash

Helene Wecker’s new The Golem and the Jinni reads like When Harry Met Sally, if Harry and Sally were beasts

The Israeli Wagner

Playwright Joshua Sobol brings the composer to life on the Vienna stage but can’t bring him home to Tel Aviv

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