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Saul Bellow Is Having a Very Quiet Birthday

In defense, and praise, of the champion of personality, for whom Jewishness was simply a fact of life, not an ‘identity’

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Master Critic Harold Bloom Likes This Poet. A Lot.

The great Yale literary scholar introduces new poetry by Peter Cole, in ‘The Invention of Influence’

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Lou’s Gift: The Magic of a Rock ’n’ Roll Poet

An encounter with legendary rock star Lou Reed, who died this weekend at 71

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Lou Reed, 1942-2013: Baruch Dayan Emet

The Brooklyn-born punk star, writer, and poet altered the New York cultural landscape

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How Delmore Schwartz Saved My Life

Or at least kept Lou Reed from punching me at a dinner party

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Lou Reed’s Rabbi

The rock star’s new tribute to his teacher, the writer Delmore Schwartz, illuminates their common genius

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Growing Pains: Delmore Schwartz, Forgotten Genius

The writer Delmore Schwartz is largely forgotten today, but he once captured the anxieties and hopes of the Jewish intellectuals of the 1930s and stunned his generation with his poems and short stories

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Dreamer

Delmore Schwartz, once one of America’s most celebrated writers, died mad and forgotten, having produced little in his later life. His story remains a compelling cautionary tale for American Jews.

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Haters

A haftorah of strong emotions and long views

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Imaginative Assault

An excerpt from a new history of Commentary shows how the fiction published in the magazine’s early years shook not just the world of Jewish literature but the very foundations of American letters