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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: Circle the Date

Plus Perry goes kosher, the fatal mustache, and more

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No Escape

The American Jewish response to Sept. 11 interprets—but doesn’t explain—the anti-Semitism, trauma, and mourning that still linger after the attacks

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Grossman Makes Obama’s Summer Reading List

A few more suggestions

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Big Men

Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, and Dominique Strauss-Kahn are all a certain type: the Jewish Big, narcissistic, entitled, and unapologetic. And society loves to see a Jewish Big fall.

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Canadian Jew Pick Scores Man Booker Longlist

‘Far to Go’ tells of Czech Jews in the 1930s

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Ordinary People

Two new books, The Druggist of Auschwitz and Reluctant Accomplice, offer true stories of average citizens’ divergent responses to Nazi rule. They help us examine our own rationalization of genocide.

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We All Look Alike to You?

Comment of the week

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Busch League

Lost Books

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Rough Draft

Alfred Kazin’s journals were more than just repositories for literary reflections; they were the laboratories in which he fashioned the writer—and Jew—he aspired to be

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Lost Books

An archive of the best books lost in the stacks

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Archive Fever

Why a growing number of today’s young Jewish fiction writers—including two of the finalists for the Sami Rohr Prize being awarded tonight—are grounding their novels in scholarly research

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Less Interesting Jewish Books

Thank God we have better stuff to read

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Roth Ain’t Quitting Yet

Fresh off Booker win, novelist honored with discussion of his latest

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Roth Wins British Prize Amid Controversy

The first American and Jew to win international award is lambasted by one judge

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Paddle Tale

In The Mighty Walzer, Howard Jacobson serves up not just the greatest ping-pong novel ever written but a rollicking portrait of mid-century Jewish Manchester

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Daybreak: Disunity

Plus, Man Booker International finalists are announced, and more in the news

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The Plot for America: Remembering Civil Rights Leader Joachim Prinz

The influential Newark rabbi was a confidante of Martin Luther King, but he’s been all but ignored by history

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There She Is: Bess Myerson (1924-2014)

‘I never wanted to be Miss America, even when I was 7. But I wanted to be pretty. I wanted to be loved.’

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Time Traveling in the Weddings Section

Do they make ‘em like they used to?

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Hawaiian Makes Aliya

Philip Roth does not appear in this post

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Take the Philip Roth Quiz!

How well do you know the work?

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Twilight

The end of the Cold War, argues French writer Marc Weitzmann, was more significant to U.S. foreign policy than the attacks of Sept. 11

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Meet Michelle Goldberg

Author of our newest column, The Diasporist

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Jews Who Booze

Match a drink to a novelist

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Paper Mate

Janis Bellow reflects on her late husband’s letter-writing habits, his feelings about his legacy, and what it was like to read over his old love letters

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Today on Tablet

Roth day, Beck-ian scholarship, and more

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Crash Course

After a lifetime of avoiding Philip Roth’s books, a reader decides to see what all the fuss is about

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