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
A thrilling cache of the late writer’s letters
In The Escape, Adam Thirlwell grapples with Jewishness, carnality, and the essence of fiction
Ecumenical political philosophy, ecumenical Zionism, and more
How nine fiction writers handled the theme of the seventh day
In the Glass family apartment, Jewish pork, Davos Shabbos, and more
Salinger may have predated Roth, but he was also a step ahead
Philip Roth and Amos Oz make list of year’s worst literary sex scenes
In ‘The Humbling,’ Philip Roth imagines an actor grappling with the waning of his gifts
Gushingly, about ‘The Humbling,’ dildoes, and the future of books
New books on bodies visible and invisible
Literature award goes to Herta Mueller, not Oz or Roth
Perennial prize-winners, fear of Christ, and Gibson’s luck
Shyne is free, etrogs are inedible, and Roth wins again
Old-school Jewish class distinctions in blogger’s ‘New Yorker’ riposte
British bookies Ladbrookes favor him
Adam Thirlwell’s latest gets mixed reaction
Are anti-Israeli Jews self-hating? And what should they be called?
Our editor ponders Madoff, Dwek, and other shandes
In his essays, Leonard Michaels worried about the line between art and the profane
An unlikely techno song, keg stands in the holy land, and diaspora equality
The enigmatic “Jew fairy” at the center of The Boys in the Band
Can literature help bring peace to the Middle East?
Philip Roth’s latest protagonist—a teenager—has some adjustment issues
The surgical steps Alfred Hitchcock Presents took to adapt Philip Roth for television
Where have all Bernard Malamud’s readers gone?
Italy’s new literary It Boy takes more than one page out of Philip Roth
Thirty years ago, Philip Roth sent up Nixon in an overlooked satire that expanded his turf from neurosis to the American political canvas.