Alexander Aciman is a writer living in New York. His work has appeared in, among other publications, The New York Times, Vox, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic.
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Not Our Kind

Bookworm: ‘Kitty Zeldis’ pens a Jewish-genre fiction throwback about WASP-y anti-Semitism, in search of lost time

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The Eternal Themes in ‘The Shop Around the Corner’

The film that inspired ‘You’ve Got Mail’ is a study of human desire and yearning for transcendence that remains timeless

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Daniel Silva and the Art of the Beach Read

Bookworm: The new bestselling spy thriller, ‘The Other Woman,’ excels at this one thing

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Of Jews and Gentlemen

Hollywood confronts anti-semitism in Elia Kazan’s 1947 film Gentleman’s Agreement.

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Bookworm’s Beach Reads!

Our columnist offers three classic titles to take to the ocean in the summer of 2018

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What to Watch This Weekend: ‘M’

The story of a child murderer succumbing to his dark impulses in a town on the brink of chaos is not one you’ll soon forget

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What to Watch This Weekend: ‘Stalag 17’

Billy Wilder’s masterpiece makes you feel the humidity of 20 men in a room

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Keith Gessen’s ‘A Terrible Country’ Is Pretty Great

Bookworm: 2018 Russia, 2008 Russia, 19th-century Russia, and America all star in the new novel by the author of ‘All the Sad Young Literary Men’

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What to Watch This Weekend: ‘Morituri’

His ridiculous German accent aside, Marlon Brando delivers an unforgettable performance as a WWII spy

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What to Watch This Weekend: ‘The Stranger’

Orson Welles as your friendly Nazi next door, Edward G. Robinson as the long arm of the law

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Lovesick: Stefan Zweig’s ‘Letter From an Unknown Woman’

Bookworm: The Austrian novelist dissects a broken heart

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Gatsby and Henry

Bookworm: Like James Gatz, my grandfather from the Ottoman Empire reinvented himself in America

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What to Watch This Weekend: ‘L’aventure, c’est l’aventure’

This film is so funny that in a scene near the end, Jacques Brel breaks character and starts laughing himself

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What to Watch This Weekend: ‘A Night in Casablanca’

The Marx Brothers’ finest film is a testament to the indestructibility of Jewish humor

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Saul Bellow’s Nonfiction Is Pretty Bad

Bookworm: The master of fiction shares some rules for writing, then neglects to follow them himself

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What to Watch This Weekend: The Hustler

A story of broken people and broken hearts that deserves a second look

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What to Watch This Weekend: The Rules of the Game

A commercial flop when it was released, Jean Renoir’s charming, heartbreaking film became a classic portrayal of Europe on the cusp of darkness

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What to Watch This Weekend: ‘Deconstructing Harry’

The best Woody Allen movie you’ve probably never seen

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Roth on Screen

Here are the five most memorable attempts to adapt the novelist’s work for the cinema (and TV)

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What to Watch This Weekend: ‘School Ties’

An essential reminder of what it’s like to feel out of place

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What to Watch This Weekend: The Ascent

Larisa Shepitko’s forgotten WWII classic is haunting, harrowing, and all too human

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Jake Tapper’s Spy Novel Is Startlingly Good

Bookworm: The Washington hand’s debut thriller ‘The Hellfire Club’ delivers

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Dude, Spicoli Wrote a Novel

Bookworm: On his own time and not on Mr. Hand’s time, Sean Penn composed ‘Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff,’ but what for?

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What to Watch on Yom HaShoah

From ‘Night and Fog’ to ‘Grand Illusion,’ movies (and TV shows) that help us reckon with the darkest period in our history

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A Revelatory History of a Single Block on the Upper West Side

Bookworm: Gangsters, kidnappers, a pencil-maker, a Shakespearean actor, a toothpaste magnate, and other 20th-century ghosts in Daniel Wakin’s surprising new account of a section of Riverside Drive

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Romain Gary’s ‘The Kites’ Is the Best ‘Masterpiece Theater’ TV Series You’ll Ever Read

Bookworm: A new first translation of the French writer’s wartime epic

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Arthur Koestler’s Stunning Portrait of the Criminal Inside Us All

Bookworm: 35 years after the author’s death this month, his timeless classic ‘Darkness at Noon’ still reverberates from inside its tiny prison cell

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The Time Regulation Institute

Bookworm: Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar wrote what could have been edited into one of the great novels of the 20th century

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Forget the Oscars: These Are the Real Winners You Should Watch

Because some of the best Jewish movies in history never won any Academy Awards gold

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In Praise of ‘Valley of the Dolls’

Bookworm: Sex, barbiturates, and the internal lives of women, in a flawlessly crafted and perfectly unstylish seminal work of American culture

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