Ben Birnbaum is a writer and editor in Brookline, Massachusetts.
The long afterlife of Pvt. Albert Birnbaum
What a 1942 essay contest revealed about immigrants’ lives, in the Old World and the New
Gertrude Berg conquered America. Why is she still something of a mystery?
Fifty years ago Gerald Green, who died this week, wrote a prescient bestseller about a Hebrew Hammer-style vigilante with his own reality show
A graphic look at the neighborhood that spawned Danny Kaye, Mel Brooks, Jerry Stiller
Truman Capote spread fears of a literary cabal. So what to make of his forgotten first novel?