Crazy Talk

Jonathan Goldstein riffs on his Hebrew name, gifted students, space aliens, and other things he thinks you should know about him.

Budapest Gadfly

While most of his peers associate their heritage only with suffering, G

Up Close and Personal?

When Walter Abish wrote about Germany sight unseen, critics tried to explain him. Does his memoir make him any easier to read?

Faith in the Agnostic State

As Europe wrestles with the preamble to its constitution, Joseph Weiler is fighting for an acknowledgement of the continent’s Christian past.

In the Company of Strangers

Why does Antonio Mu

Hot for Teacher

Long after Hannah Arendt stopped being his “saucy wood nymph,” Martin Heidegger had absolute control of their heady correspondence.

Living in a Material World

The spiritual fad of the new millennium hinges on a cryptic, erotic, medieval text. If anyone can explain why, it’s Daniel Matt.

Conference Calls

A sampling of presentations from the 35th annual Association for Jewish Studies meeting

‘Strangely Independent of Place’

Augie March, who turns 50 this year, starts his journey in Chicago. Bellow avoided it altogether while creating this legendary character, but no matter where he went, the city dominated his imagination.

‘Blessed With This Sense of the Exotic’

Since the American language was available to everyone, Bellow and his Jewish peers were determined to “use it with a certain spirit.”

Brooklyn Dodger

Is being Jewish really “the least defining thing” about Dylan Ebdus? Or is it the underlying central thread in The Fortress of Solitude?

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