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

Sincerely Saul Bellow

A thrilling cache of the late writer’s letters

Flight of Fancy

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

Today on Tablet

Ecumenical political philosophy, ecumenical Zionism, and more

Observing the Sabbath

How nine fiction writers handled the theme of the seventh day

Today on Tablet

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

Portnoy’s Complaint, Zooey’s Remedy

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

Bad-Sex Fiction Finalists Announced

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

Upstaged

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

Tina Brown Interviews Philip Roth

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

On the Bookshelf

New books on bodies visible and invisible

Jews Lose Nobel Prize

Literature award goes to Herta Mueller, not Oz or Roth

Sundown: Shop ’n’ Pray

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

Sundown: In Praise of Freaks

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

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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