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The Bathtub Kabbalah of J.D. Salinger

Two new biographical sketches depict the great recluse as agent of growth, emblem of permanent adolescence, and cipher

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Sundown: Bomb Suspect’s Radical Influence

Plus Salinger’s letters show the real Jerry

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Rye Day

J.D. Salinger’s most famous book has its birthday

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How the Other Half Lives

Today on Tablet

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Counterlife

Reading books like Franny and Zooey as a child in California made Jews seem an exotic minority. In New York, they seem like any old hegemony.

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Sundown: God Is a Two-Stater

Plus an evening with Salinger, and more

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Ban My Book—Please!

Do Jews no longer push cultural buttons?

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Sundown: U.S. Says Iran ‘Anything but Peaceful’

Plus the mumps hit, meowing in Auschwitz, and more

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Today on Tablet

In the Glass family apartment, Jewish pork, Davos Shabbos, and more

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Portnoy’s Complaint, Zooey’s Remedy

Salinger may have predated Roth, but he was also a step ahead

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Sundown: U.S. Jews Uneasy With Israel

Plus J.D.’s Jewishness Unease, blustery Dubai, and more

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Today on Tablet

Remembering Salinger, paled pictures from the Pale, and more

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Mountain Man

In New England, Salinger could be a puritanical scold and a back-to-nature Buddhist Jew

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J.D. Salinger Dies

‘The Catcher in the Rye’ author was Jewish

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On the Bookshelf

Soloveitchik, Céline, Salinger, and more

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Wolves at the Door

My brother and I carried our shared past in different directions

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A Door Opens

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