The Outsider

In Baghdad, Nissim Rejwan distanced himself from other Iraqi Jews. In Israel, he became a fierce advocate for their disappearing culture.

Babylon and On

Naim Kattan’s memoir of his Iraqi boyhood tells a familiar tale: Jews were here. Now they are not.

Slow Fade

A London-born writer travels to Baghdad to find the city that suffused her family’s imagination

A Door Opens

The author of Stern remembers his heady first days on the literary scene

Westward Expansion

Prostitutes, Christian Scientists, cross-dressing teachers

In Case You Missed It – Part 2

Some favorite essays from 2006

French Press

American novelist Jonathan Littell has snared France’s top literary prizes

Queen Bee

Are Jennifer Weiner’s novels bestsellers because

Funny Guys Finish Last

Philip Roth and Bruce Jay Friedman were rising stars in the 1960s. Roth became part of the canon. Friedman became “that guy who wrote Splash.”

The Middle-American Way of Death

A lesson Mitch Albom never learned from Morrie

Darkness Visible

Shira Nayman’s characters chase the ghosts who haunt them

Paper Trail

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


An excerpt from the The Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Self-Hatred, and the Jews, the latest in Nextbook’s Jewish Encounters Series

Family History

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

Identity Politics

In David Levithan’s latest young adult novel, president-elect Abraham Stein

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