Giving lessons in Hebrew nuance to a bunch of suits from Hollywood
A young critic weighs in on three new novels
Daniel Smith explores the history of the phenomenon—from the Bible to his father
Dalia Sofer depicts one family’s fearful and bittersweet days in revolutionary Iran
Michael Chabon’s new novel depicts a frozen homeland where beat cops speak Yiddish, snack on blintzes, and chase Hasidic gangsters
Nathan Englander unearths stories that many in Argentina would just as soon forget
A novelist returns to Buenos Aires, the place he’s been imagining for nearly a decade
Alix Kates Shulman on the creation of an ex-prom queen and protofeminist
Andre Aciman takes up the motifs explored in his memoir—desire, home, and memory—in a steamy debut novel, Call Me by Your Name.
Growing up Jake Fuchs thought of his father as a screenwriter. At 12, he discovered otherwise.
Are Jennifer Weiner’s novels bestsellers because
Shira Nayman’s characters chase the ghosts who haunt them
A chess amateur shows how the game has mesmerized through the ages
In The Lost, Daniel Mendelsohn excavates some unsettling truths about brotherhood, betrayal, and the Book of Genesis.
What happens when a secular Jewish feminist immerses herself in the world of Evangelical Christians
Naomi Alderman takes on Britain’s Jews
Miriam Katin makes her own Holocaust comic book
Everyone made fun of little Gary Shteyngart. Now it’s his turn.
Etgar Keret on death, optimism, and the virtues of confusion
Hosting out of towners having abortions is the most direct, intimate mitzvah I’ve ever had the privilege to perform
Jonathan Rosen talks about the tortured vision of Henry Roth. With a reading from Call It Sleep.
Essayist David Shields considers how sports loyalty is the new American religion