• Prompted by a newly translated German novel, Roger Cohen imagines what it would have been like to be a Jew in Berlin when the Nazis came to power. [NYT]

• Israeli painter Avigdor Arikha, a Holocaust survivor who went on to become one of the world’s foremost figurative painters, died at 81. [JTA/Forward]

• A Yiddish word—you know it as “schmuck”—has become ensnared in a controversial movie-naming story. [NYT]

• The untold tale of the planned early-20th-century Japanese utopia in … Boca. [The Smart Set]

• The latest graphic novel from James Sturm, a recent Vox Tablet guest, gets “Lowbrow-Brilliant” treatment on the Approval Matrix. [NYMag]

• Contributing editor Joshua Cohen’s massive new novel Witz gets a tiny (but positive!) blurb. [The New Yorker]

Tonight, on ESPN’s E:60 at 7 pm E.S.T., a report on Yuri Foreman. Here’s the trailer: