Back from the Shadows

Dovid Bergelson’s skepticism served him poorly in life but sublimely in art

Town and Country

Hillel Halkin tries to untangle the roots of his adopted hometown

Be My Knife

A Hebrew professor relies on the sharp edge of language to dissect male failure

Summer Reading

Hear recommendations from Tony Kushner, Myla Goldberg, Gary Shteyngart, and others

Tough Times

Joseph Lelyveld reports out his childhood and gets peeved at Cynthia Ozick

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

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