Can a son’s failure to have a bar mitzvah be a mitzvah?
Guidebooks quell the anxieties of raising up a child
A Passover in Berlin stirs up questions of freedom and faith
Rattled by a sudden lack of indifference
A nonagenarian gives the memoir thing a go, revisiting his hard-knock Lancashire boyhood
In our apartment, I learned French and read Shakespeare. Outside of it, things got a bit more complicated.
Thirty years ago, Leslie Epstein raised hackles with his fictional take on the Lodz ghetto
A son faces the ghosts his father left behind
Naim Kattan’s memoir of his Iraqi boyhood tells a familiar tale: Jews were here. Now they are not.
Adam Gopnik follows the yuks from Groucho to his 12-year-old son
In The Lost, Daniel Mendelsohn excavates some unsettling truths about brotherhood, betrayal, and the Book of Genesis.
How to get yourself noticed
A tour through my private Grand Guignol
Has Elie Wiesel made a Faustian bargain with Oprah Winfrey?
In literary London, Elias Canetti was everybody’s favorite refugee
Joseph Lelyveld reports out his childhood and gets peeved at Cynthia Ozick
An attraction to artists and exiles
When Walter Abish wrote about Germany sight unseen, critics tried to explain him. Does his memoir make him any easier to read?
Augie March, who turns 50 this year, starts his journey in Chicago. Bellow avoided it altogether while creating this legendary character, but no matter where he went, the city dominated his imagination.