Less Interesting Jewish Books

Thank God we have better stuff to read

The Socialist

Friends and Politics, Part 2: Irving Howe. The prominent critic and I worked on Yiddish translations together, but a dispute over Israel and its Arab neighbors ruptured our relationship—until we reconnected over literature.

Coney Island Winter

Site of famous coaster up for sale

Prescient

I.J. Singer’s newly reissued The Brothers Ashkenazi may not be on par with the greatest realist epics, but it is an eerie foretelling of Eastern European Jewry’s eventual fate

Jews Who Booze

Match a drink to a novelist

Homecomings

A museum exhibition and a new translation from the Yiddish examine ‘heritage travel’ in the 1930s

Today on Tablet

Post-Jewish lit, very Jewish lit, and more

All Turned Around

The hero of I.B. Singer’s newly reissued The Magician of Lublin is torn between bohemia and bourgeois respectability, Jews and Gentiles

Early Sundown: Sukkot Edition

Plus unrest in East J’lem, and more

A Settled Schtick

How to write a Yiddish trend piece

Sundown: Bibi Warms Up to Jordan

Plus Cameron calls Gaza ‘prison camp,’ and more

Keeper of the Flame

Few writers have had champions as fierce as Chaim Grade’s widow, Inna Grade, who died earlier this month

Observing the Sabbath

How nine fiction writers handled the theme of the seventh day

The Other Singer Finds Love on Facebook

I.J. joins I.B. with his own Facebook ‘Appreciation Society’

Guilt By Association

A novelist reflects on what it means to be a Jewish writer

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