The Tense of Trauma

Novelist Chris Kraus ponders the meaning of “It would have been”

The Greatest American Hero

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

The Spy Who Loved Me

An Israeli thriller that captivated Graham Greene

Free Radical

Baruch Spinoza inspired Rebecca Goldstein. So why is she out to betray him?

How to Lose Gracefully

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

Give ‘Em Hecht

A young Chicago newspaperman thought he was perfect for the part of his hero

House of the Holy

When you’re called God, the pressure for genius is titanic

Stompin’ at the Savoy

A picture-book writer learns the identity-politics dance

Sketches of Spain

Marcel Cohen’s Ladino lament. Plus: an excerpt from his letter to Antonio Saura.

I Touch a Nerve

Some readers think there’s no room at the Inn at Lake Devine for intermarriage

Lullaby of Birdland

An Israeli expat tells Charlie Parker about the shofar

Writer Resurrected

Yoram Kaniuk on his battles for health and recognition

Protocols of the Editors

Truman Capote spread fears of a literary cabal. So what to make of his forgotten first novel?

Fists of Fury

Douglas Century talks about Talmud student, champion prizefighter, war hero, gunrunner, and recovered morphine addict Barney Ross.

Family Affair

How a faraway girlhood became part of my own

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