The late French president Francois Mitterrand would have turned 100 on October 26. He has been called both anti-Semite and a friend to the Jews. Benjamin Ivry gets to the heart of the debate.
Shirley Jackson, author of “The Lottery” and “The Haunting of Hill House” would have turned 100 this year. Biographer Ruth Franklin talks about her legacy and her Jewish influences.
Photographer Louis Stettner has died at the age of 93. His work was imbued with social consciousness and political awareness, but that may have kept him from being more widely celebrated as an artist.
Jack Greenberg, who died on October 12 at age 91, was more than just a fearless civil rights attorney who famously argued Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The great Polish film director Andrzej Wajda has died on October 9 at age 90. The director of “Korczak” brought the Holocaust into public debate.
Chilean-Jewish poet Marjorie Agosin talks about anti-Semitism, dictatorship, Henry Kissinger and whether all writers are a little bit Jewish.
The Nobel Prize in literature will be announced soon. We consider the odds for Jaan Kaplinski, Philip Roth, Bob Dylan and other potential honorees.
Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s classic newspaper comedy ‘The Front Page’ is opening on Broadway on October 20. Benjamin Ivry fears it might lose some of its bite.
Playwright Edward Albee, who has died at 88, had a complicated relationship with homophobic Jewish critics but enjoyed a lovely rapport with Jewish sculptor Louise Nevelson.
Gene Wilder, star of “The Producers,” “Willy Wonka” and “The Frisco Kid” has died at 83. Benjamin Ivry recalls his atypical approach to Jewish comedy.