David Mikics is the author, most recently, of Stanley Kubrick (Yale Jewish Lives). He lives in Brooklyn and Houston, where he is John and Rebecca Moores Professor of English at the University of Houston.
Freed from the dreary, nauseating oppression of Ceausescu’s communist surveillance state, the great Romanian author is thrown back on himself, books, and the Jews
Don’t let your iPhones overheat in the sun. Read a book instead.
Christopher Nolan’s new biopic shows J. Robert Oppenheimer as he really was—an American Prometheus divided at his core
In an age of easy antisemitism, the Austrian Jewish Holocaust survivor’s work remains bitter, resentful, and hauntingly pro-Zionist
Angela Davis was a dedicated fangirl of Soviet dictator Leonid Brezhnev and cult leader Jim Jones. So why is she presented to children as a hero?
A new book explores the life and tragic death of Bruno Schulz, the great Polish Jewish magical realist writer and artist murdered by the Nazis
Part II in a continuing series on the decline of Jewish vulgarity
The most swaggering and macho of Jewish writers illuminated postwar America like no one else
With John Murray Cuddihy’s ‘The Ordeal of Civility’ and Yuri Slezkine’s ‘The Jewish Century,’ Tablet begins a three-part look at the once-vibrant Jewish trait of not caring what the goyim think
Hunter S. Thompson’s classic ‘Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 1972’ demonstrates a human empathy and political savvy that today’s hack political propagandists lack
The story of the greatest, and maybe the drunkest, Jewish novelist you’ve never heard of
The most urgent writers of today are Ralph Ellison, Joan Didion, Thomas Pynchon, and Elizabeth Bishop
Why our greatest writers found their inspiration in misery and failure
The second in a four-part investigation of our national literature
The first in a four-part excavation of our national literature
Laura Kipnis’ new book takes on the complexities of companionship in the COVID age
Joel Coen’s new film is a surprising capstone to the brothers’ razor-sharp oeuvre
Captain Alfred Dreyfus would have been 162 years old today. His legacy on the left is dying, while the malice that targeted him is alive and well.