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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

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Portnoy’s Complaint, Zooey’s Remedy

Salinger may have predated Roth, but he was also a step ahead

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Bad-Sex Fiction Finalists Announced

Philip Roth and Amos Oz make list of year’s worst literary sex scenes

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Upstaged

In ‘The Humbling,’ Philip Roth imagines an actor grappling with the waning of his gifts

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Tina Brown Interviews Philip Roth

Gushingly, about ‘The Humbling,’ dildoes, and the future of books

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On the Bookshelf

New books on bodies visible and invisible

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Jews Lose Nobel Prize

Literature award goes to Herta Mueller, not Oz or Roth

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Sundown: Shop ’n’ Pray

Perennial prize-winners, fear of Christ, and Gibson’s luck

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Sundown: In Praise of Freaks

Shyne is free, etrogs are inedible, and Roth wins again

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Nikki Finke Calls David Remnick ‘This New Jersey Dentist’s Son’

Old-school Jewish class distinctions in blogger’s ‘New Yorker’ riposte

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A Nobel for Amos Oz?

British bookies Ladbrookes favor him

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British Novel About Aging Lithuanian-Born Jew

Adam Thirlwell’s latest gets mixed reaction

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Is the ‘Juicebox Mafia’ Today’s ‘House Jews’

Are anti-Israeli Jews self-hating? And what should they be called?

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Jewish Crooks

Our editor ponders Madoff, Dwek, and other shandes

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Idol Chatter

In his essays, Leonard Michaels worried about the line between art and the profane

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Sundown: Groovin’ to Philip Roth

An unlikely techno song, keg stands in the holy land, and diaspora equality

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Party Animal

The enigmatic “Jew fairy” at the center of The Boys in the Band

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Fighting Words

Can literature help bring peace to the Middle East?

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American Psyche

Philip Roth’s latest protagonist—a teenager—has some adjustment issues

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