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In Praise of Hate

Simone de Beauvoir, commenting on the troubling case of executed French collaborationist Robert Brasillach, argued that the emotion has its civil and judicial uses. Now, 75 years after the liberation of Paris, is she right?

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America’s Albert Cohen Moment

Is the Greek-born French Jewish author and diplomat a hapless romantic or a man with a message for our times?

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Is the U.S. Constitution Pro-Slavery?

Sean Wilentz says it’s complicated

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The Wandering Star of Yiddish Lit

Debora Vogel was a brilliant multilingual poet and aesthete who is best known as the muse of Bruno Schulz. But her work deserves a reading—in German, Polish, Hebrew, and especially Yiddish.

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How the Jews Ruined Anti-Semitism

Why Jewish self-determination is inconvenient to the aims of hate

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The Normal Anti-Semite

Why so often in history has it been permissible to speak in disparaging ways about entire subsections of humanity, and why does it seem to be that way again?

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Primo Levi’s Comedy of Hell

The chemist and survivor—author of the most necessary of all books about the Shoah—would have turned 100 today

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The Freud Rabbit

Sarah Boxer’s whimsical cartoon novel puts a bestiary of human frailty on the psychoanalytic couch

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‘Prairie Fire’ Memories

What does the Weather Underground’s 45-year-old manifesto have to tell us today?

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Robert Oppenheimer’s Jewishness

74 years to the day after the Trinity nuclear test ushered in the nuclear age, are we any closer to knowing the men who carried the moral burden of the world on their shoulders? Louisa Hall’s recent novel spins out some ideas.

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Pankaj Mishra’s Moral Mishmash

What are intellectuals for, anyway?

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The Brilliance of Batya Gur, Israel’s Greatest Detective Author

The late writer’s best work reflects the larger anxieties of a society trying to shield its founding ideals against threats from hostile populations

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Should We Love Our Country?

Fourth of July ruminations on the nation-state and the state of the nation

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The South’s Greatest Jewish Poet Strikes Zen Gold

A visit with Hank Lazer in Tuscaloosa, wondering ‘what is a Jew doing here’

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A Funny, Empathetic Jewish Genius

Adam Ehrlich Sachs’ ‘brilliant, weird, and profound’ new novel, ‘The Organs of Sense,’ imagines a visionary blind Jewish astronomer in the court of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II

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The Big Lie

And the toxic BDS professors who tell it

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Master of the Double Exile

The late Iraqi Israeli novelist Samir Naqqash was forever torn between competing loyalties. An English translation of ‘Tenants and Cobwebs,’ his portrait of 1940s Baghdad, shows him to be the tragic chronicler of the uprooting of Iraqi Jews.

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The War for the Golan Heights

Remembering the dead lost under Avigdor Ben-Gal’s pivotal battle to hold the Syrian army on the Golan Heights in the 1973 Yom Kippur War

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More Die of Heartbreak

Bette Howland steps out of the shadow of Saul Bellow

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Red Eric

A worthy new biography of the late historian Eric Hobsbawm shows the ardent communist in the crucible of the 20th century

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Will Tocqueville’s Dilemma Crash America?

Is equality a danger to freedom in a democratic United States?

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Ilya Kaminsky’s ‘Deaf Republic’

National Poetry Month: A long-anticipated new collection infuses beauty and irony into a dystopian war epic

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Cat People

Why are millennials so afraid to get it on? Sex, power, gender, and swiping right, in Kristen Roupenian’s first collection of short stories.

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The Mystery Poet on the Cover of Sgt. Pepper’s

National Poetry Month: Wallace Berman’s son pens a memoir of the temple the Kabbalistic Beat artist made of his own life

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A Conversation With Marjorie Perloff

National Poetry Month: The fearlessly outspoken critic and Stanford titan on the contemporary poetry canon, the complexities of O.J. Simpson, and the non-Zen of John Cage

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The Left’s Favorite Dirty Word

In her new book, ‘The Lion’s Den,’ Susie Linfield examines the historical antecedents to the left’s Jewish problem

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Joseph Eliyia, the Jewish Messiah of Greek Poetry

How two fundamental pillars of Western thought—classical Greek rationalism and monotheistic Jewish faith—collided in a remote area of the archipelago to produce a short-lived but influential communist

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The End of the World Is Coming, and You Are Responsible

New climate-change narratives ordain humans with godly powers to undo and repair the planet. Is it science, or a new religion?

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A Lesser Wife

In an excerpt from Ayelet Tsabari’s memoir, ‘The Art of Leaving,’ how a Yemeni grandmother found freedom in Israel, but failed to pass on the immigrant’s new rootedness to her daughters

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The Alter Bible

In a landmark new translation, Robert Alter revives the literary power of a Hebrew masterpiece

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