Saul Austerlitz is the author ofSitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community. His Twitter feed is @saulausterlitz.
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Marvin Hier puts two decades of documentary filmmaking to work—but for what cause?
A new book on sitcoms shows how the late Sherwood Schwartz, N.J. Jew in L.A., invented the modern high-concept comedy
Two Jewish women launched Modern Loss to help twenty- and thirtysomethings start a new conversation about struggling with grief
Munich authorities seem more interested in protecting an art dealer than in returning stolen works to their rightful heirs
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A surprising inscription on a first edition of The Wartime Journals of Charles A. Lindbergh raises unsettling question