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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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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‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ by Ferenc Molnar

Bookworm: The scoundrel hero of the Hungarian writer’s play ‘Liliom’ steals a star from heaven

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Loopy Butt-Surgeon and Disgraced Ex-Journalist Meet in ‘The Chateau’

Bookworm: Paul Goldberg’s detective novel is hot on the trail of… the detective novel

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‘Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins’ Is the True Story of Hanukkah

Bookworm: So what if the festival of lights has some magic?

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The Best Novel of 2017 That You Never Heard Of

Bookworm: Jacob M. Appel’s life-affirming elderly suicide novel ‘Millard Salter’s Last Day’ is a highwire act balancing tragedy and comedy

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You Don’t Have to Write Like This

Bookworm: Benjamin Markovits’s newly relevant ‘social-realist-quasi-socialist-alternative-community’ Detroit novel could have been a good book

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A Noir Detective Named Bernie Solves Crimes in 1938 Berlin

Bookworm: The dude of Philip Kerr’s ‘The Pale Criminal’ abides—Nazis

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A Golem for Halloween

Bookworm: Gustav Meyrink’s 1914 novel is a spectacle of horror and backhanded anti-Semitism. What’s there to be afraid of?

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A Wannabe-Hardboiled-Jew Reads Raymond Chandler’s ‘The Long Goodbye’

Bookworm: Was the tough guy America’s greatest act?

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