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Politics of the Everyday

Novelist Yael Hedaya explores the daily struggles of modern Israelis

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You Are What You Wear

In her new novel, Linda Grant tackles questions of identity, morality, and fashion

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The Hermit of Oliphant

After the literary pioneer Dvora Baron immigrated to Palestine, she never again ventured out

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The Irritable Man

Why Harlan Ellison’s personality overshadows his classic science fiction

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Was This Man a Genius?

The twisted mind of Otto Weininger

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Yesterday’s Hero

Fifty years after the publication of Exodus, is it time to let Ari Ben Canaan go?

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Take a Hike

Dan White’s adventures on the Pacific Crest Trail

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The Good of A Bad Man

How Stanley Elkin hit his stride

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Writing in the Dark

Why an Orthodox novelist shuns Orthodox publishers

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What Happened to Mary Berg?

A young girl’s account of the Warsaw Ghetto was a big success. Then the diary—and its author—disappeared.

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Forbidden Fruit

Judith Katzir on the lives of Israeli women, both real and imagined

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The Ha-Ha

What’s in a joke? Jim Holt finds out.

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The Student Who Wouldn’t Go Away

How a bumbling immigrant from Kiev became a literary sensation

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Summer Reading 2008

What we’re reading—and rereading—this season

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A Passage to Gujarat

Esther David’s novels chronicle a community of Jews in a province riddled with ethnic violence

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Disengaged

A murky homeland is hard to stand by

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Excerpt from Singermann

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The Inciter

What happens when a German provocateur turns to the subject of love?

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Partners in Crime

David Benioff takes the buddy novel to wartime Leningrad

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Raising the Dead

In his new novel, Aleksandar Hemon unearths the misfortunes of a Chicago immigrant

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Radical Riff

How comedians of the 1960s and ’70s revolutionized stand-up

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In the Image

A literary—but none-too-sad—Keith Gessen talks about his new novel

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The Things We Carry

What happens when your inheritance includes a life-threatening genetic mutation?

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Temple Seeker

Thomas Roma photographs Brooklyn’s synagogues past and present

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Place of No Return

Two trips to Poland offer very different impressions for the daughter of a Holocaust survivor

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The Solipsist

Howard Jacobson swore he wouldn’t write another Jewish novel. What happened?

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Chaos Theory

Giving lessons in Hebrew nuance to a bunch of suits from Hollywood

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Sophie Says

A young critic weighs in on three new novels

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Hearing Voices

Daniel Smith explores the history of the phenomenon—from the Bible to his father

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