(Ravi Joshi/Tablet Magazine)

Winner gets a free Nextbook Press book appropriate to his or her comment (if he or she emails me at mtracy@tabletmag.com with his or her mailing address).

This week’s winner is Susan Mervis, who was inspired by Max Brooks’ podcast on zombies to compose an extensive exegesis into the difference between zombies and golems. She concludes, “a golem is often created by a rabbi (name one who isn’t!) while zombies are more voodoo-oriented (pit,pit, pit). a golem will often protect jews, but it may attack gentiles. it is usually obedient, although it does have some feelings which may get out of control. a golem is often seen as a super-hero (clayman?). a golem is an individual. now for the zombies: these are just masses of uncaring monsters who are undirected except by evil instincts. they are always the villain, and all of them are goys.”

Perhaps it is only Rodger Kamenetz’ Burnt Books, in the Nextbook canon, that is out-there enough for Mervis’ taste, so that’s what she gets.

Also notable: In the comments of his essay on the Jewishness of Don Giovanni, David P. Goldman takes on all comers.

Flesh and Blood [Tablet Magazine]
Burnt Books [Nextbook Press]
Divine Justice [Tablet Magazine]