Jacob Silverman is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and book critic. He is also a contributing editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review.
Life, war, and other inescapable paradoxes make a modern classic
A Northwestern basketball walk-on has fans excited
The former Butcher of Broadway submitted to one of the site’s AMAs
Detentions would begin on October 15
Hungarian government accuses Claims Conference of malfeasance
Plus a top Iranian scientist may be resuming nuclear weapons research
Danilo Kiš’s fiction, newly translated, mined the Shoah with a Borgesian sense of mystery
High-level leaks about the Flame virus tell us more about politics than policy
Can the women’s antiwar group, active in the anti-Israel BDS effort, turn people against drone warfare?
Free Men, a film about Muslim members of the French Resistance in World War II, evokes recent surveillance activity by the New York Police Department
Michael Chabon may finally score a hit as a screenwriter for Disney’s new sci-fi flick John Carter. But will success in Hollywood ruin his fiction?
How Jonathan Ames’ HBO series failed to advance the conversation
The Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño’s The Third Reich is, like much of his fiction, filled with Nazis, the ultimate evil
The documentary Paul Goodman Changed My Life profiles the forgotten, prolific, and bisexual New York Intellectual who inspired the 1960s New Left
Fact versus fiction (versus other people’s facts)
Goldberg brings her page act to the stage
At the newly trendy Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where half of the graves belong to Jews, a long history of criminal association lives on
Recent superhero movies—Green Lantern, Thor, Superman—are terrible. The solution? Hollywood should make these heroes more Jewish.