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My Favorite Anti-Semite

An occasional series of tributes to writers, artists, philosophers, and others who hate us and to why we still find value in their work.

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Ty Cobb

He was the greatest and strangest of all ball players, a fierce competitor, and a hateful person

BY ARI HOFFMAN

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Edith Wharton

There’s a barbarian at every gate

BY ANNE ROIPHE

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Gregor von Rezzori

Why the German-language writer and memoirist yearned for an era he never knew

BY WESLEY YANG

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Amiri Baraka

Kaddish for the late poet with a history of bigotry, from a poet with a feeling for jazz

BY JAKE MARMER

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Frank Norris

The progressive-era novelist’s greedy, red-haired, Polish Jew, Zerkow, is the 20th century’s greatest golem

BY ELISA NEW

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H.P. Lovecraft

The 20th-century master of horror admired Hitler but married a Jew and hated ‘alien’ cultures but created some of the most memorable ones in literature

BY HUNTER C. EDEN

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Rupert Brooke

Regardless of whether or not we should forgive our favorite artists for these sorts of opinions, one thing is clear: We definitely want to.

BY ALEXANDER ACIMAN

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Leopold Bloom may not keep kosher or attend a synagogue, but he’s Jewish to the core of his unorthodox soul.

Jonah Raskin

Bloomsday

100 Years of Ulysses

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The most obvious reason Joyce made his modern-day Odysseus a (thrice-baptized) Jew is that whole wandering thing. But Leopold Bloom’s Jewishness is most compelling when it is incidental. An anti-Semitic Feinian who wears an eye patch (it is the “Cyclops” chapter) demands to know what Bloom’s “nation” is. “Ireland,” he replies. “I was born here. Ireland.” As another character later says, “And after all, why can’t a jew love his country like the next fellow?” ⁠—Marc Tracy

Richard Hamilton, illustration to the 'Ithaca' episode, the 17th of James Joyce's 'Ulysses', 1998.
Richard Hamilton, illustration to the 'Ithaca' episode, the 17th of James Joyce's 'Ulysses', 1998.
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Is Ulysses Overrated?
All but one chapter—and not the one you think.

Who thinks it is overrated?
Ron Rosenbaum, Rosenbug, Rosenrosen, Rosencrantz.

Where can this essay arguing all but one chapter is overrate be read?
Here, in Slate magazine.

Joyce in Zürich (c. 1918)
Joyce in Zürich (c. 1918)
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