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.
Poet Wayne Koestenbaum reveals his toxic attractions
A slice of life at a Bronx cheesecake factory
A visit with the composer who took over where Marc Blitzstein left off
An audio tour of a well-worn candy store on the Lower East Side
Has Elie Wiesel made a Faustian bargain with Oprah Winfrey?
A drag queen takes on a religious ritual
A pretty young rabbi becomes Nate Fisher’s spiritual counselor
Historian Yuri Slezkine traces a line from his anti-Soviet classmates in Moscow back to their fervently Communist grandparents.
Jonathan Rosen talks about Tolstoy, George Eliot, and why writers treat religious longing with the silence once reserved for sex.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s Blues Brothers moment falls flat
A critic lambasts Tony Kushner as a self-loathing Jew for Caroline, or Change
Essayist David Shields considers how sports loyalty is the new American religion
Preemptive strikes denounced an “ethnically cleansed” revival, and critics took the bait. But does nostalgia really honor tradition?
Is being Jewish really “the least defining thing” about Dylan Ebdus? Or is it the underlying central thread in The Fortress of Solitude?