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Eyewitness

A collection of Vasily Grossman’s shorter work offers a chance to reassess the Soviet master’s life and legacy. A conversation with Grossman translator Robert Chandler.

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Light and Sweet

A slice of life at a Bronx cheesecake factory

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A Man Possessed

A visit with the composer who took over where Marc Blitzstein left off

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Mmmm, Fruit Slices

An audio tour of a well-worn candy store on the Lower East Side

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Total Recall

Has Elie Wiesel made a Faustian bargain with Oprah Winfrey?

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An Innocent Flirtation?

A pretty young rabbi becomes Nate Fisher’s spiritual counselor

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All in the Family

Historian Yuri Slezkine traces a line from his anti-Soviet classmates in Moscow back to their fervently Communist grandparents.

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Hidden Desires

Jonathan Rosen talks about Tolstoy, George Eliot, and why writers treat religious longing with the silence once reserved for sex.

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Boratty Behavior

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Blues Brothers moment falls flat

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Off Broadway

A critic lambasts Tony Kushner as a self-loathing Jew for Caroline, or Change

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Damn Yankees

Essayist David Shields considers how sports loyalty is the new American religion

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Fiddler Crabs

Preemptive strikes denounced an “ethnically cleansed” revival, and critics took the bait. But does nostalgia really honor tradition?

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Brooklyn Dodger

Is being Jewish really “the least defining thing” about Dylan Ebdus? Or is it the underlying central thread in The Fortress of Solitude?

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