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When Gene Wilder Went ‘Stir Crazy’

The writer of the classic Pryor-Wilder jailbreak comedy remembers ‘a serious actor and a brilliant clown’

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A Holiday Fable

Tablet Original Fiction for Passover, from the master of black humor: Evicted from Teaneck, what exodus awaits?

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Bruce Jay Friedman, the Father of Black Humor, Isn’t Dead Yet

The master of the deadpan is on top of his game at 85 with a wise, funny new collection, ‘The Peace Process’

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Caracas Retreat

Junketing to South America in the late 1960s with Robert Lowell, a wealthy Venezuelan, and Alfred Kazin. An excerpt from the forthcoming memoir Lucky Bruce.

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In the Picture

Bruce Jay Friedman’s darkly comic novels, short stories, and screenplays place him among the past century’s best American writers. In his new memoir, Lucky Bruce, he reminisces about many of them.

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The Funny Guy

Lost Books

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On the Bookshelf

Yiddish is far from dead. It’s undead, and it haunts everything from Harvey Pekar’s comics to the vampire literature of the early 20th century.

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Lost Books

An archive of the best books lost in the stacks

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A Change of Plan

The short story that became The Heartbreak Kid

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The Kid Is Back in Town

The remake of The Heartbreak Kid favors bawdiness over sharp-edged satire

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And Now, a Major Motion Picture!

What happens to a writer when Hollywood calls?

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A Door Opens

The author of Stern remembers his heady first days on the literary scene

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