Fantastical title fights inspired by boxing’s ‘Fight of the Century’
The turbulent private—and public—affairs of a titanic figure in American Jewish intellectual life
A new authorized biography and collection of essays show why the literary figure has been so mythologized, reviled, and revered
The author of ‘Slaves of New York’ dishes on male reviewers, passing fame, and the satire of bad luck
Kevin Dutton’s new best-seller rehashes Norman Mailer’s ideas on deviance, but it leaves out Jewish men
Artists, particularly in theater, are still plagued by the slur “Gay Commie Jew.” But how did it come about?
A Roy Lichtenstein show at the Art Institute of Chicago reveals the movement’s affront to WASPy decorum
In the new collected stories of Nathan Englander, and in his revised Haggadah, Jews cling tenuously to the easily broken chains of tradition
Joseph Heller, who embodied masculinity in American postwar literature, for better and for worse, chronicled a major shift in American Jewish identity
Ransom Center in Austin is a hotbed of Jewish literary papers
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 Spanish writer Jorge Semprún, who died in June, survived Buchenwald and had a love-hate relationship with Communism in postwar Europe. A longtime friend remembers his star power and derring-do.
The author was a fan of essayist Seymour Krim’s lively prose, but it wasn’t until a joint visit to a Taos commune that he saw the man himself come fully alive
Montefiore, Madoff, Mailer, and Maimonides
In the Glass family apartment, Jewish pork, Davos Shabbos, and more
Salinger may have predated Roth, but he was also a step ahead
New books on bodies visible and invisible
Why Harlan Ellison’s personality overshadows his classic science fiction
A fresh look at the laughingstock of psychoanalysis
Norman Mailer brings out the evil in all of us