“Singer strikes at the heart of the political flaws in every system of rule we have endured. Unfortunately he offers no solution.”
‘Gedali’ is a perfect Zionist proclamation: “Jews, it is over here in Europe; flee while you can.”
Franz Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’ is more than the story of a man becoming an insect; it is a prophecy of the rise of anti-Semitism.
This month Anne Roiphe revisits Cynthia Ozick’s first “Puttermesser” story and creates a hilarious fable of sexual tumult and moral decay.
Mad Magazine, Prague and the Kabbalah are among the many influences for artist Mark Podwal, whose work is on display at the Museum at Eldridge Street.
Philip Roth’s “Conversion of the Jews” anticipated a lifetime of battle among Roth, Jews and America itself. Anne Roiphe says that it is a battle Roth ultimately won.
Delmore Schwartz published “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities” in the Partisan Review in 1935 at the age of 21. It’s as powerful now as it was then — maybe even more so.
Isaac Loeb Peretz’s “Bontche Schweig” is one of those tales that deepens and provokes more as history bears down on it. Anne Roiphe revisits a brave story that is anything but a lullaby.
In “Sister Hills,” two religious families move to opposite hills outside the Green Line above a Palestinian village. Ann Roiphe examines why Nathan Englander’s parable of Israeli occupation is so powerful.
In the inaugural installment of “Reading With Roiphe,” Anne Roiphe delves into the layers of complexity in Bernard Malamud’s classic 1959 “The Magic Barrel,” in which traditional and modern notions of love collide.