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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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.
‘Far to Go’ tells of Czech Jews in the 1930s
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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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
An archive of the best books lost in the stacks
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
Thank God we have better stuff to read
Fresh off Booker win, novelist honored with discussion of his latest
The first American and Jew to win international award is lambasted by one judge
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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The influential Newark rabbi was a confidante of Martin Luther King, but he’s been all but ignored by history
‘I never wanted to be Miss America, even when I was 7. But I wanted to be pretty. I wanted to be loved.’
Do they make ‘em like they used to?
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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
Author of our newest column, The Diasporist
Match a drink to a novelist
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
Words Jews use
Roth day, Beck-ian scholarship, and more
After a lifetime of avoiding Philip Roth’s books, a reader decides to see what all the fuss is about
In Nemesis, Philip Roth conjures Jewish Newark amid a 1944 polio outbreak
Doctorow and Oz have a chance; Jacobson remains underdog
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