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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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Life During Wartime

In Nemesis, Philip Roth conjures Jewish Newark amid a 1944 polio outbreak

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Jews Are Longshots To Win Nobel, Booker

Doctorow and Oz have a chance; Jacobson remains underdog

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Daybreak: Mosque Aflame

Plus Bibi moves toward extending freeze, and more in the news

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Taking Aim

In his immensely ambitious debut novel, Adam Levin sets his sights on a new Goliath: the American Jewish canon

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‘Ah, There’s Another One’

Hitchens and Amis on English anti-Semitism

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Your Jewish Fall Fiction Preview

Ten new novels to know

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Imaginative Assault

An excerpt from a new history of Commentary shows how the fiction published in the magazine’s early years shook not just the world of Jewish literature but the very foundations of American letters

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Sincerely Saul Bellow

A thrilling cache of the late writer’s letters

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Flight of Fancy

In The Escape, Adam Thirlwell grapples with Jewishness, carnality, and the essence of fiction

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Today on Tablet

Ecumenical political philosophy, ecumenical Zionism, and more

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Observing the Sabbath

How nine fiction writers handled the theme of the seventh day

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Today on Tablet

In the Glass family apartment, Jewish pork, Davos Shabbos, and more