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.
Who knew that a musical about the friendship between a Jewish kid and the son of a soul singer in Brooklyn could deal with race, class and culture in a meaningful way?
Poet Ben Lerner’s first novel won him acclaim. ‘10:04,’ his second novel, deals with the same themes and the barrier between fiction and reality.
There’s the traditional way to tour Jewish Catalonia — with guidebooks, tours and maps. And then there’s the other way. Joshua Furst gets lost in Barcelona, memory and politics.
Robin Williams’s serious performances often packaged as hopeful and affirming the human spirit. But critic Joshua Furst saw something much darker in the late artist’s work.