The Jewish Museum’s “Unorthodox” exhibition comprises 55 artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds. According to Joshua Furst, it also offers a rebuke and a challenge to mainstream Jewish thought.
Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Purity’ contains some of his most powerful writing — and some of his clunkiest. Joshua Furst takes the pulse of our nation’s foremost purveyor of ‘morally serious fiction.’
In ‘Alexandrian Summer,’ Egyptian-Jewish novelist and playwright, Yitzhak Gormezano Goren, explores whether faith or culture define who we are - and culture wins out.
PEN America will be awarding the Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo. Joshua Furst explains why he’s joining the protest against the honor.
Flamboyant. Reptilian. Cerebral. These are some of the words that describe actor/playwright David Greenspan. But likable? Not always. Contributing editor Joshua Furst explains.
‘Brooklynite,’ a new superhero musical based on characters created by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, has arrived. But is it a nuanced look at gentrification or a symptom of it?
Just imagine if your Jewish childhood friend became black. Can Jess Row’s debut novel ‘Your Face in Mine’ deliver a great read as it explores complex issues of race and gender?
Growing up in close-minded rural Wisconsin, Joshua Furst learned to mark himself as an outsider. He’s glad the cheeseheads are in his rear-view mirror.
The Jewish community needs books that don’t confirm what we already believe. Joshua Furst has some suggestions to liven things up after a bad 2014.
A new installation by Israeli artist Dani Gal deals with the surprising friendship between Simon Wiesenthal and Albert Speer — two men whose lives seem to be at odds.