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Paper Trail

In bidding on a batch of stamps, Reinhard Kaiser unearthed the story of an ill-fated wartime romance

All the Right Moves

A chess amateur shows how the game has mesmerized through the ages

Sway to the Music

Bluesman Jeremiah Lockwood finds his voice in his grandfather’s liturgical repertoire

Family History

In The Lost, Daniel Mendelsohn excavates some unsettling truths about brotherhood, betrayal, and the Book of Genesis.

A Higher Purpose

What happens when a secular Jewish feminist immerses herself in the world of Evangelical Christians

Rebel Yells

Naomi Alderman takes on Britain’s Jews

Something Wild

Eve Grubin on what happens when poetry and religious life collide

Feel the Burn

Poet Wayne Koestenbaum reveals his toxic attractions

Childhood in Black and White

Miriam Katin makes her own Holocaust comic book

Roots Music

Galeet Dardashti finds the Israeli audience her grandfather never had

The Greatest American Hero

Everyone made fun of little Gary Shteyngart. Now it’s his turn.

Light and Sweet

A slice of life at a Bronx cheesecake factory

A Man Possessed

A visit with the composer who took over where Marc Blitzstein left off

Mmmm, Fruit Slices

An audio tour of a well-worn candy store on the Lower East Side

How to Lose Gracefully

Etgar Keret on death, optimism, and the virtues of confusion

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