Not even Ewan McGregor can turn the author’s narcissism into a relatable work of art in his adaptation of ‘American Pastoral’
The decision to award Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize in Literature was a long time coming
Campus Week: The bestselling writer’s ambitious new ‘Here I Am’ represents the triumph of sentimentality and sincerity over irony and anger, which is a great loss
Ewan McGregor directs and stars as Seymour ‘Swede’ Levov, offering audiences a timely, cinematic glimpse into the ‘indigenous American berserk’
Puritan restraint is fine, if you haven’t been unaccommodated and unwelcome elsewhere for centuries
In defense, and praise, of the champion of personality, for whom Jewishness was simply a fact of life, not an ‘identity’
Tablet Original Fiction: Meet Phil the Kosher butcher, non-traditional writing student, counterfactual storyteller, Lothario
The Jewish Foster Wallace crosses auto-fiction with hysterical realism, in the energetic and intelligent ‘Book of Numbers’
To understand David Blatt, think less pick-and-roll and more ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’
‘This is a report on a library trip to Israel from a bookish girl who is now a bookish old lady’
The turbulent private—and public—affairs of a titanic figure in American Jewish intellectual life
Portnoy’s Complaint and American Pastoral raise more than $130,000
Admits he didn’t realize he’d never be free of its title character
Alex Ross Perry’s often funny ‘Listen Up Philip’ is as much homage to as critique of the great American writer
A new shoe offers some extra height to Jews of shorter stature. But why prey on insecurities and stereotypes to sell footwear?
Is Jewish rebellion really a form of submission? Two new novels and one political critic examine apostasy.
Graphic pinpoints iconic scenes from novels, writers’ homes, and more
They lie. They cheat. The treat their kids terribly. This Father’s Day, be thankful your own dad is such a mensch.
Here’s what we imagine their on-camera conversation might look like
How Jewish moms might have put their kids on the path to greatness—perhaps unintentionally
The fallen ad man turned to Portnoy’s Complaint on last night’s episode
A new exhibit paints the sport as a vehicle for assimilation, but Greenberg, Koufax, and even Ryan Braun are Jewish role models
The font, the women, the self-indulgence to hit big screen
A spate of new books tells the stories of men and women who leave ultra-Orthodoxy for risky, rewarding, bewildering everyday life
The original ‘bad Jewish boy’ has died at 77
Does sexually graphic material help Jewish continuity? ‘Unclean Lips’ argues for the unseemliness of Bruce, Roth, and their ilk.
Actors stage a tribute to Roth with a reading
The prize should have gone to Atwood or Lahiri—or, better yet, Munro
The renowned writer, who plumbed Jewish identity and became an American master, adds the biggest laurel to his crown
This award proves, once and for all, that Roth isn’t too obscene. Nor is he too American, or too male, or too Jewish.