On the Bookshelf

Post-Soviet lit, Kafka’s heirs, and Dutch treats

The Frozen Rabbi

A serialized novel by Steve Stern with illustrations by Paul Rogers

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The Pilgrim

The mythical journey of Yehuda Halevi, Judaism’s greatest poet—and the world’s first Zionist

On the Bookshelf

Distinguished poets and undistinguished cops

Portnoy’s Complaint, Zooey’s Remedy

Salinger may have predated Roth, but he was also a step ahead


Heimrad Bäcker’s ‘documentary poems’ turn artifacts of evil into the stuff of art

Austen in Connecticut

‘Weissmanns of Westport’ resets ‘Sense and Sensibility’ on Long Island Sound

On the Bookshelf

Gurus, guides, and ideological glaucoma

Mountain Man

In New England, Salinger could be a puritanical scold and a back-to-nature Buddhist Jew

Golden Link

The epic life of Yiddish poet Avrom Sutzkever, who died last week at 96

Three Poems By Avrom Sutzkever

‘How,’ ‘The Lead Plates at the Rom Press,’ and ‘1981’

Vanishing Act

A new Holocaust history focuses on the life—and death—of the Polish shtetl

On the Bookshelf

Graphic novels and vivid memoirs

A Skeptic’s Skeptic

A new biography takes a look at Derrida’s philosophy of disillusionment

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