Fierce Detachment

Samuel G. Freedman wrestles with how to write about his mother, and ends up doing some kind of penance.

Throwing Mud

Michael Chabon’s fact and fiction

No Exit

Raised in the last golden days of the Hapsburgs, the Viennese writer Stefan Zweig found his world shattered by war.

Dogs and Monsters

Shalom Auslander writes his way out of misery, latching on to a comic tradition he traces from Beckett to the National Lampoon.

Austrophobia

Sam Apple encounters a shepherd who sings in Yiddish—and forces him to question his deepest fear.

Hurst and Hurston

Seventy years after their road trip, the best-selling sentimental novelist has run out of gas, while Zora is still in the driver’s seat.

Reorientation

Tom Reiss on the mysterious Byronic figure from Baku who posed as a Muslim prince.

Ambulance Chasing

Analyze This

Why are American psychologists wary of transforming your soul? Andrew Heinze makes explicit an unspoken connection.

Stranger to Fiction

Wendy Shalit wrongfully accuses authors of misrepresenting the Orthodox

The Farewell Party

Susan Sontag’s “divided soul”

Space Odyssey

Thirty years after the launch of an exploratory anthology, a science fiction connoisseur wonders when we’ll discover brighter stars.

Letting Go

In his latest look at the Jerusalem of his childhood, Amos Oz sheds anger, frustration, bewilderment, and the protective cloak of fiction.

Revolutionary Fever

As a teenager, Roya Hakakian fell hard for the Iranian Revolution. It may have betrayed her, but you never forget your first love.

Always Already

Haunted by ghosts, Jacques Derrida’s writings confounded the march of time

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