Howard Jacobson is a novelist and critic in London. He is the author of, among other titles, J (shortlisted for the 2014 Booker Prize), Shylock Is My Name, Pussy, Live a Little, and The Finkler Question, which won the 2010 Man Booker Prize.
James Joyce was the first to understand that Jews make the perfect protagonists
An English Jew pays his respects
Sometimes art isn’t nice
A Gatsby-esque collection of shirts and ties speaks to the COVID age of sweatpants and sneakers
Novelist and critic Clive James and theater director Jonathan Miller, who died within days of each other this fall, shared breadth of passions and influential cultural positions. One was Jewish. The other was not—but he understood Jews better.
And I tell it one back
Things are looking up
Oh, Howard, you always were a worrier
Treading the path of the holy, with feet solidly on the ground
I knew it was out there somewhere
The reaction to a rescinded European literary award exposes the hypocrisy of cultural boycotts
Slip sliding away, in an excerpt from the Booker Prize winner’s latest comic novel
How Sefton Goldberg saved my life
Lift up your voice and sing, kosher soul
A small act of resistance in the middle of Soho at lunchtime
A trove of communications from Britain’s Labour Party leader to his minions reveals the difference between a hipster and Hezbollah
At 100, the U.K.’s greatest Jewish celebrity tabloid writer would rather dance with Sophia Loren
Or, how the Jews reconquered London
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